Mika Iwasaka is a writer and translator specialising in contemporary art and design. Her latest book is Beyond the Display: Phenomenal Art and Design in the 21st Century (English and Japanese). Holds a BA from Rikkyo University in Tokyo and an MA in Art History and Museum Curating from University of Sussex in the UK. Feel free to contact me by sending an email to
mika [at] shunkin.org.


現代のアートやデザインに関する書籍の執筆、編集、翻訳を行う。立教大学を卒業後、英国サセックス大学大学院美術史および美術館キュレーティング専攻修士課程修了。現在は東京を拠点に活動。著書に『Beyond the Display:21世紀における、現象のアートとデザイン』。お問い合わせはメールアドレス mika[at]shunkin.org までお気軽に。

Selected Works


Beyond the Display: Phenomenal Art and Design in the 21st Century (Bilingual: English and Japanese), (Tokyo: BNN, 2015)

CANDiD (Issued 2011–2012, JCOP and PENTAX RICOH)
Contributed articles on both masters such as Alfred Stieglitz and new talent such as Birdhead on each issue.
Vol.1 Behind the Glass by Alexandra Catiere / Mexican Suitcase of Robert Capa
Vol.2 Henri Cartier Bresson in China / Birdhead
Vol.3 Masashi Asada (浅田政志) / A Portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz
Vol.4 JH Engström / Tsugaru by Ichiro Kojima (津軽 by 小島一郎)

Picture Research

WA: the Essence of Japanese Design by Rossella Menegazzo and Stefania Piotti (London: Phaidon Press, 2014)

Understanding Photography —Seeing— by Ichigo Sugawara (Tokyo: SoftBank Creative, 2011)

Editing and Translation

Festival Graphics (Japanese version) (Tokyo: BNN, 2014)

vvvvook by Minoru Ito and Takuya Hoshi (Tokyo: BNN, 2014)

100 IDEAS THAT CHANGED ARCHITECTURE (Japanese version) by Richard Weston (Tokyo: BNN, 2012)

WOW Visual Design (Tokyo: WOW, 2011)


University of Sussex, Art History and Museum Curating, MA (2013)

Rikkyo University, Business Administration, BA (2003)


Shortlist at the international curatorial competition of British Council, the Fifth Curator, in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery in London (2009)