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Pixiv Office Tour

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Pixiv is the largest community for artists in Japan and by looking at their growth, they could be set to become the largest in the world too. There are about 4 million members who have generated 24 million artwork submissions which in turn generate 2.8 million pageviews per month.
Their Japanese website has an English interface but they recently started up a seperate English only interface at pixiv.com.
I use Pixiv regularly to hunt for talent. if you are planning to draw Mirai Suenaga then make sure its on pixiv too!

Today we take a lookie at the offices of Pixiv in Yoyogi.

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In the morning - arrival at Yoyogi station on the Yamanote line.

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Japanese photo sharing community Ally.

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I used to commute through here during my years at Microsoft.

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I love Japanese rail crossings!

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On the back streets of Yoyogi.

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Do you need a free hand?

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At the Pixiv offices! Nice n colorful.

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Tables are full of artwork submitted to Pixiv.

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This Miku is so cute! that skirt! @.@

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Pixiv regularly publish journals that feature the work of thousands of illustrators.

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Hmmm. Me wonder why there are a load of Mirai here...

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Retro! When my new offices are in action, there will be a retro game corner.

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Just an example of the Pixiv server setup.

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Pixiv have a separate building with servers setup like this - these ones uncovered though.

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Pixiv have a ton of engineers - many of them are foreigners too.

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Lovely idea - blocks to make walls...

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I love pixel art - need to make more pixel Mirai.

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Folks from all around the world - Also for some reason comrades from Yuzusoft have come down from Osaka to be here too...

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The entrance to Pixiv is full of Ema [絵馬] - traditionally wooden plaques where one would write a prayer.

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Some really gorgeous artwork - some by famous sensei and some by folks who just visit the office!

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Shinjuku has some lovely scenery by day and night.

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Meetings done - off to lunch.

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Is this only in Japan or common worldwide - folks usually wait in the shade when waiting to cross the road where possible.

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Our place of lunch today.

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Stole some goodies from the Pixiv office!

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I think its great that artists get featured in publications like this to highlight their work - but looks like there are many artists who think short term wanting cash for any opportunity there maybe to display their work.

I always recommend the path that I took to build my career and company - do things for free initially to build a profile and then the cash will naturally come later.

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I like those shorts with the frills - I think I want one for my daughters.

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Clear files are big in Japan.

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This Miku is so cute - cant wait for the figure.

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Was given this Ema to doodle something on - but I cant draw!

Can you draw?

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More Japanese office tours listed up below!

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And this is what the English version looks like at http://www.pixiv.com/

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