Przemek Sobocki

Graduated as an Interior Designer at Academy of Fine Arts in Poland, studying also Fashion Design, then moved to London and eventually ended up in Tokyo. For his first illustration story the TOUCH for 125 magazine he receives Best Editorial 2005 at V&A Illustration Award, UK. Since then he works internationally as an illustrator and art director. Belongs to AVGVST management.

SANKARA / Yakushima – magical escape


1 Sankara - day 1

Usually when you create the inspirations comes first, then the art work comes alive.With my visit to Yakushima island it was exactly the opposite – I mean backwards. Like a dejavou effect I saw the “inspirations” to many of maw works I have done already – the magical nature which was also apparently the backbone for Miyazaki Hayao when he was working on Princess Mononoke.


3 Sankara - day 2

4 Sankara - nature

Yakushima is kind of “symbol” of ancient Japanese nature, one of the most “wet” places in Japan which makes it even more magical and whimsical. To stay over you have a choice of typical Japanese B&B places or a hotel – a very special one – SANKARA Hotel & Spa which is not a typical ryokan place as you could expect in here but rather resort style – a renowned luxury treat. Staying at SANKARA in Yakushima its almost like being on the double trip – two in one, which is truly overwhelming experience.

5 Sankara - sunrise morning

stunning morning experience, SANKARA

2 Sankara- dinner

It has an amazing swimming pool, mountain trails just literally outside, fresh air, spa that uses the local herbs, and restaurant with French haute cuisine trained chefs, with own baked bread for breakfast to start a day and sunrise view which is breathtaking. And the overwhelming silence with the never-ending nature around, where monkeys and deers wandering around the local roads, stunning waterfalls and the rain drops which somehow sounds louder yet calmer. Being there was a purifying experience for all senses, and staying at Sankara was a truly luxury treat.

I came back to Tokyo with heaps of photos and some good sketches and illustrations, and very recharged and inspired again.


6 Sankara - inspirations

photos and sketches from surrounding of SANKARA


with Iwonka /TOTEONE/ -and YukI Obara who introduced us the magical SANKARA

with Iwonka /TOTEONE/ -and YukI Obara who introduced us the magical SANKARA


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