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Takashi Murakami

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JOINING THE HOT NFT MARKET

 

MARCH 31, 2021     BY: JC RODRIGUEZ
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Takashi Murakami is the latest acclaimed artist to join the NFT world as he launches his first-ever digital artwork on OpenSea.

 

"Yesterday, I released my first NFT. After it became much talked about with Beeple’s @beeple_crapauction the other day, I have been contemplating the right approach myself. An opportunity brought me together with Yoshihisa Hashimoto @hsmtyshs , an authority on online games, and we decided to partner up on this. Hashimoto directed a team mainly of programmers for the renewed MMO RPG "Final Fantasy 14: New Eorzea," and in June 2012, he led the production of "Agni's Philosophy—Final Fantasy REALTIME TECH DEMO” at E3. He was then the CTO of Square Enix and is now the representative of ZIKU Technologies, Inc., a company that creates XR, AI, and avatars.


The transformation of the reality of virtual world for me occurred during this pandemic when I saw the way my children interact with "Animal Crossing: New Horizons." They were watching some fireworks display within the game while talking with their school friends, who they could no longer meet in person, through Zoom, admiring how beautiful it was. I saw the reality of the shifting values when I realized that these children could discern beauty within a virtual world. 


From then on, I started to change my ways of creative expressions and approaches entirely. I spoke with Chiaki Kasahara @chiaki_kasahara_ in my company, she introduced me to Mr. Hashimoto, and I have started working on various projects with him, one of which is this NFT. I'm groping in the dark, so I’m sure I will make many mistakes, but please bear with me."

UPDATE APRIL 13th, 2021:

Takashi Murakami has decided against selling his newly-minted digital artworks as NFTs, explaining that he wants to take more time to better understand the blockchain technology before moving forward. He vowed to offer NFT art in the future but doesn't know if he will open his own platform or sell through a current one. 

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