The Miniature-Life work of Tatsuya Tanaka
Long Walk Home -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Long Walk Home
Forehand -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Forehand
Somewhat “ Spongy ” Court -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Somewhat Spongy Court

I recently went to an amazing art exhibition at the Takashimaya department store in Kyoto. It's now moved on from Kyoto, currently showing in Yokohama for a couple of weeks. Highly recommended for kids and adults alike. Fumie had brought Anthony earlier in the week, and loved it so much that they'd recommended it to me.

It's a selection of the prolific art by Tatsuya Tanaka, the guy behind the 2,500 works at Miniature Calendar, works which are amazing both for their simplicity (we all could have thought of that), and for their level of wit, which (in my case) are better than I could have thought of.

At the exhibition I attended, some works were there live, and some only as photos....

Calm Broccoli World -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Calm Broccoli World
Detail mundane, but somehow interesting -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Detail
mundane, but somehow interesting
Route -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Route
“ Let Me Check My Phone ” -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Let Me Check My Phone
My Photo -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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My Photo
my photo of His Photo -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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my photo of
His Photo

Photography and social-media sharing were both encouraged, but it was not a situation where one could make good photos... I had no tripod, and it was crowded, so anything more than a few-seconds pause to take a photo would have been unsociable.

Also, the lighting for the displays was not well thought out (or, were perhaps the best that could be done with what was available). The lighting for the physical display of the large Calm Broccoli World seen above consisted of harsh spotlights directly above each broccoli tree, meaning that the actual points of interest (the people) were all in dark shadow making photography of them by exhibit visitors fairly meaningless.

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Time and time again I was struck by the wit of his creations, all just a little better than I could have come up with, yet, as a photographer, I couldn't help but lament at some of his photos.

For example, consider this work that combines a motherboard and rice planters:

Soldering On With the Rice Planting -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Soldering On With the Rice Planting

His photo of this work looks very much like the one above, and the first thought that comes to my mind when I see it is he didn't use a polarizing filter. (I've written about polarizers many times, such as The Effect of a Polarization Filter on Wet Rocks, Etc..)

So, I put on a polarizer for a few shots, to get more of the deep blue of the motherboard...

Wide View -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Wide View
(Too-)Close View -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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(Too-)Close View

These pictures are still no good, but in a controlled environment I thought they could have been very nice.

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Victory -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Victory
Race my photo of the display photo -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Race
my photo of the display photo

Here's one that has an aspect that was totally lost on me until Damien pointed it out.

As Presented -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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As Presented

As presented, my eye first went to the right half, which I now realize is a making of kind of photo, with the left half being the final product. But because I didn't see it in the correct order, I didn't really pay attention that the edges of the books were meant to impart a sense of speed.... I just saw books being used as a road. I hope my presentation here lets you get the full effect.

The Victory figurine is in the lower-left of the frame.

This work demonstrates another thing about his art: they have English titles, but all the wit is in the Japanese titles. The English title for this work is simply Spurt, which like most of the English titles are a simple factual word or two, devoid of wit or pun.

The Japanese title, as you can see in the phtoo, is “本”気の走り, which might be translated as the boring earnest riding. The pun is that the first character of the word for earnest also happens to be the character used for book, so with the quotes around that character it might give the sense of feels like riding on a book.

This was probably not the best example because this pun is so corny. Let's try another:

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Here's the title card for it:

Troubled Waters 食器 ングな 事故 -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Troubled Waters
食器ングな事故

The Japanese title is a multi-lingual pun. It's nonsensical on the face of it, but it combines the word for dish/tableware with some seemingly-nonsensical sounds to make something that sounds like the English word Shocking, all followed by Accident. Perhaps the wit is lost in the need for an explanation, but it's a fun title to look at and figure it out.

Another Pun The word “ foundation ” is rewritten to start with the golf-exclamation “ Four! ” -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Another Pun

The word foundation is rewritten to start with the golf-exclamation Four!

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Surfing -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Surfing
“ Ride The Wave While It's Fresh ” 新鮮なうちに波に乗れ! -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Ride The Wave While It's Fresh
新鮮なうちに波に乗れ!
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Play Me Some Memories... -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Play Me Some Memories...
This Guy's in Trebel but the Allegations are Baseless -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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This Guy's in Trebel
but the Allegations are Baseless
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Staple NYC -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Staple NYC
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“ New Bread Line ” -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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New Bread Line

The title for this one, 新パン線 (shinpansen, new bread line) is a play off the word for bullet train, 新幹線 (shinkansen, new trunk line).

Which Title is Better? English: “ Toilet ” Japanese: “ Going for a new length record ” -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Which Title is Better?
English: Toilet
Japanese: Going for a new length record
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Library
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Difference between the live installation and the photo -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Difference
between the live installation and the photo

There was often a difference between the live instillation and the photo of record for the work, with many differences likely because of how the parts are arranged during setup. In the case above, though, the long distance between the bride/father and the groom/priest makes it all the more funny, but such a distance can't easily be accommodated in a close-up photo, so they're much closer for the photo of record.

Harvest -- Takashimaya (高島屋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Harvest

Anyone in Japan recognizes this as a rice harvest, complete with post-harvest field stubble, and rice plants hanging to dry like this.

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There must have been 100 different works on display. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

The exhibit exits to a gift-shop kind of area where you can buy all kinds of miniature things, and the artist's three books.

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I was disappointed to find that two of the three books had only English titles (they're both available on Amazon US, here and here). Since the Japanese titles add so much, I bought the only one that actually had them.


All 6 comments so far, oldest first...

What are the figures made from? clay, carved or sculptured

I don’t know, but I assume plastic. He doesn’t make the figures… he just paints them. He has a stock of some 5,000 of them.
The gift shop sold some random packs… a pack of 12 tiny people was about $7. A pack of six somewhat larger oxen was about the same price. —Jeffy

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on April 26th, 2018 at 12:25am JST (6 months, 22 days ago) comment permalink

Bonjour from France.
Thank you for sharing. It’s very interesting and well executed 🙂

— comment by markinho on April 30th, 2018 at 2:40am JST (6 months, 18 days ago) comment permalink

Very interesting. Amazing idea!! I like it.

— comment by TS on May 2nd, 2018 at 1:41am JST (6 months, 16 days ago) comment permalink

That was awesome, thanks again for the tip!

— comment by Damien on May 3rd, 2018 at 10:10am JST (6 months, 15 days ago) comment permalink

I love this blog post Jeffrey. Where is this minature exhibition? I want to put it on my to-do list for Japan. Thanks. Cody

It’s a roving exhibition… I don’t know where it might be in the future, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Cody on June 2nd, 2018 at 1:31am JST (5 months, 16 days ago) comment permalink

Kudos! You found a great subject here while you’re off the bike.
Really interesting my kids love it! Thanks

— comment by Ash on June 28th, 2018 at 5:28pm JST (4 months, 19 days ago) comment permalink
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