Is this image a hyper-real visualization of the Tatemae and Honne? Murakami’s Honne seems to be breaking through his Tatemae. The photograph comes from Geijutsu Shincho Magazine (芸術 新朝 - Arts New Era) a showcase of the work and thoughts of Murakami Takashi, one of Japan’s most interesting contemporary artists. Murakami works in mixed media and creates slick, wild and almost infantile worlds and energetic characterizations that owe a tremendous debt to the world of manga and anime although, as of yet, he has not fashioned anything other than creations that remain inanimate. His art is enlivened by dynamism and vivid colors. Murakami has had showings in exhibitions in Europe, North America, the Middle East and throughout Asia. Check out his work if you get a chance and read his most recent thoughts via his twitter feed (in English).