End Of An Era: Heisei


Heisei" the Heisei period started on January 8th, 1989, with the death of Emperor Hirohito and his son Akihito's, ascension to the throne as the 125th Emperor.


Estheticism” the Aesthetic Movement, which believed in “art for art’s sake” with an emphasis on “the visual and sensual qualities of art and design.”


Heisei Estheticism” is a style of art coined by contemporary artist Takato Yamamoto. The style encompasses themes of darkness, bondage, metamorphosis, love and death. The dark, brutal narratives within Yamamoto’s paintings never reveal acts of violence, in fact they are relaxed and tranquil. The paintings are highly detailed and dreamlike with delicate and intricate lines showing the brutality.


Takato Yama-moto

山本  タカト
(1960) Akita Prefecture, Japan


Born in the Akita Prefecture in 1960, Yamamoto moved to Tokyo to study, 

graduating from the painting department of the Tokyo Zokei University in 1983. 

Following his graduation, Takato experimented with the ukiyo-e style from 1991-1993 

to allow him to define his own style “Heisei Esthetics” as it blends the influence of the 

ukiyo-e with Japanese pop art and Western gothic art. 


Outside of Japan there is little known about Yamamoto. He appears to be an artist 

who keeps his life hidden. April 30, 2019, marked the end of the Heisei Era as 

Emperor Akihito abdicated after over 30 years on the Chrysanthemum Throne. Takato Yamamoto remains to focus on his work.


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