Even to native Japanese, 'Wakuda' is a rare surname.
wa = peace
ku = eternity
da = field
So the rough translation is 'Fields of Eternal Peace.' There are other Wakudas online, most notably Australian chef Tetsuya Wakuda. Someday I'll have to collaborate with him.
Permeated by advertising, modern society is full of graphic memes. I think it’s no surprise, as iconography is rooted in the very fundamentals of human social culture.
The Wakuda kamon, my Japanese family’s graphic identity, has existed for hundreds of years and I’m very aware of that weight. Using it in my own way means respecting the past as well as adding to the future.
Using the original kamon as base, I created an icon that was both tribute yet original. I deliberated for over a year about this design because it's a constant reminder of what I need to do.
Repurposing the design elements in a new way, I feel this icon is 'emblematic' of my approach to culture and art.
(Kah-mon) An emblem used to decorate and identify an individual or family, similar to the badges and coats of arms in European heraldic tradition.
(Hahn-ko) A stamp used in lieu of signature in personal documents, contracts, art, or any item requiring acknowledgment or authorship.