The Flow Under the Flat

Upon discussing the trends of Japanese contemporary art since the 1990s, most people would expect to hear about the origin of Superflat art, which conveys an impassive, withdrawn sense of aloofness. They might then want to hear an analysis of how the Superflat shifted to the officially recognized idea of Cool Japan, while also adopting subcultural expressions. And based on this, they would also want to know the future artistic trends in Japan. However, this essay aims to discuss the trends since the 1990s from a completely different perspective. Thus, any mention of the above developments would be coincidental.

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