After spending the better part of the last year living and working in New York City, Niigata-born Makoto Aida is back in Japan with a show at Nadiff, a compact and cool art gallery/bookstore/cafe tucked down a side street just off Tokyo’s fashionable Omotesando boulevard.

In the four years since its inception, Nadiff has consistently shown that it wants to be different and is willing to exhibit what might be termed “hard art” in order to build this sort of reputation.

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