Japan-inspired street art in Bristol

A few weeks ago Bristol saw another fantastic Upfest street art festival take place. Upfest is Europe’s largest free street art and graffiti festival, and the event sees artists travelling from all over the world to take part. There was lots of great artwork there, but today I’d like to highlight a few Japan-inspired pieces I saw and the artists who produced them…

Dan Kitchener (DANK)

Dan Kitchener is my favourite street artist – I just adore his work! He produces a lot of Japan-inspired work, mainly featuring geisha and the neon streets of Tokyo. If I ever won the lottery I would buy a piece of his work, or better yet commission him to paint something for me! At this year’s Upfest Dan Kitchener painted this massive rainy Tokyo street scene, which I love.

Upfest - Dan Kitchener

Upfest - Dan Kitchener

Upfest - Dan Kitchener

Miss Wah

Miss Wah’s work is all about kawaii (cute), and she even has her own ‘Shades of Kawaii’ adult colouring book, which I’d love to get my hands on! Her street art is in the style of illustration, and her characters are really cute.

Upfest - Miss Wah

Upfest - Miss Wah

Upfest - Miss Wah

Upfest - Little Miss Hug by Miss Wah

Upfest - Miss Wah


Like Miss Wah, Hoshiko’s work is pretty cute and includes graphic design and illustration as well as street art. She uses Japanese words in her art, like this piece which says きょうりゅう, meaning ‘dinosaur.

Upfest - Hoshiko

I also spotted a geisha or oiran (courtesan), but I’m not sure who it was by. I like the lines in this piece, and the colours.


I love to see people taking inspiration from Japan in the art they produce, and having these works of art created in my home town is brilliant! Bristol is a great place for street art and creativity. Upfest usually takes place yearly – keep an eye on their website for announcements about the 2017 festival.

3 thoughts on “Japan-inspired street art in Bristol

  1. Hey Ali, thanks for the blog post!

    This reminds me of a French graphic designer/illustrator called Tsuchinoko. His work is deeply influenced by Japanese culture and there’s a cool video of him doing street art in Japan on his site.

    Btw, I’ve been trying to find a way to contact you. I’m not sure if the contact form works and I can’t find an email on your blog. Can you please drop me a line? Thanks!


    • Hi. Thanks for stopping by – glad you liked the post! I’ll have to check out Tsuchinoko. 🙂

      I got your message – thanks. I can be a bit slow to reply sometimes – sorry!


  2. I love Dan Kitchener’s art and have to agree if I had the money…
    I’m lucky enough to live right next to one of his artworks here in London, which I can see from my balcony and whenever I leave the house. It used to glow at night, thanks to black light, but somehow they stopped it. Anyway I’m glad to have stumbled onto your blog, loved your article about Naoshima.


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