Celebrated Japanese artist featured in central Madrid art space

A touch of Japan recentlyarrived into the heart of Madrid, via a new exhibition at in a key gallery in the city’s flourishing cultural district.

Espiritu 23, a coworking and gallery space in the Malasana neighbourhood, played host to a series of hand-drawn pictures by Yumi Ashida.

Ashida’s colourful, playful style depict scenes from her everyday live in Japan — from Tokyo subway rides to being lost in thought in a twilight cafe.

“We have a great place to have some artists,” commented Esther Garcia, office manager at Espiritu 23. “All art is welcome, and all artists are welcome — it doesn’t matter if you paint or do collage. You have a place here to show your art.”

The exhibition was free of charge and was on for two weeks.