Japan appeared to me to be a country full of illustrations, in every form, on everything. From restaurant menus, signs, subway advertisements to the luggage pick up at the airport, it seemed that its a country entirely adorned with characters, color, and illustrative touches.
Because for this I picked up
a few many printed things---from free pamphlets in the subway system to stickers at department stores dedicated to paper goods-- just to savor the colorful illustrations.
Since then I've been enamored with Aiko Fukawa's playful illustrated cats after buying a packet of her stickers (naturally.)
Aiko is a graduate of Tokyo University of Arts and a designer of paper goods and stationary. You can buy many of her designs at Uguisu, an online store dedicated to all the wonderful Japanese paper goods that I loved while in Tokyo.