Welcome back to Tokyo Weekender’s series, TW Creatives. In this series, we feature various works by Japan-based writers, photographers, videographers, illustrators and other creatives in a bid to provide one additional platform for them to exhibit their talent. The works submitted here belong entirely to the creators — Tokyo Weekender only takes pride in being one of their most passionate supporters!
We kick October off with this incredibly appetizing entry by Tokyo-based illustrator Kailene Falls, in which she illustrates some of Japan’s best known and delicious autumn foods.
About the Illustrator
Kailene was born and raised in Minnesota, USA. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Japanese and Graphic Design, and began working as a designer and illustrator in Tokyo, Japan soon thereafter. While employed at Japanese design agencies, she designed and illustrated for packaging, marketing materials, editorial layouts, and branding for large Japanese companies such as meiji, kewpie, Mitsui Norin, and Mizukan. In 2018, Kailene left her full-time job to begin a freelance career. While she continues to work in digital medium, she began honing her skills in watercolor painting with a particular focus on food illustration. Her watercolor work has been displayed in galleries and commissioned by both individuals and corporations.
In addition to her creative career, she works as a bilingual Japanese/English language reporter for Japanese news channels as well as a for international NHK World programming broadcast in over 20+ countries. She has made over a hundreds of appearances on Japanese variety TV, most notably as the American representative for the weekly show “Sekai Kurabete Mitara” with Taichi Kokubun and Naomi Watanabe since 2017.