Hiroshi Tanabe is a Japanese fashion A lister. His unique and vibrant fashion illustrations are modern yet traditional, with lines reminiscent of the historical Japanese woodblock print. While living for more than two decades in New York City working for Anna Sui and Shiseido, he has returned to his native Tokyo a few years ago. In spite of tradition, his art thrives on constant development and exchange with current fashion from his contemporaries like Jun Takahashi of Undercover. Standstill is regression. But it is this standstill that the Tokyo-based illustrator has now experienced with the Corona Pandemic. Tanabe spoke to us about longings during the lockdown and why children's voices outside his window suddenly become the sound of freedom. He exclusively made this portfolio for AD in his letter from Tokyo using Sacai and Undercover runways as inspiration.