December 9, 2013
by fosco lucarelli
Kappa Senoo (1930) is a Japanese graphic designer, a successfull set designer, essayist and novelist. A 1997 autobiographical book depicting his childhood, “Shonen H” (“A boy called H: A Childhood in Wartime Japan” in English) became a best-seller in Japan.
Since 1976 he began the publication of a series of volumes each entitled “Kappa peeps (…)”, showing his travel sketches. The books associate descriptive text to black and white illustrations and feature a large number of bird-eye perspective views of interior rooms, a technique employed by the author in order to describe carefully every single item he finds. This technique obviously reminds us Atelier Bow Wow‘s famous technical perspectives collected in the “Graphic Anatomy” publication.