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Wataru Itou – A Town Bridged By the Setting Sun 夕日に架かる街

Posted in Places by tokyobling on December 2, 2011

The name of this work of art, a moving, lit installation in lacquer, paper and cypress wood is called 夕日に架かる街 in Japanese, which although is pretty straightforward has my stumped as for a good translation in English. A Town Bridged By the Setting Sun? I really don’t know how to say it in English. This is the latest work by the young super nova of Japanese art, Wataru Itou (伊藤 航), whom you might remember from the glorious paper castle I posted a couple of years ago. This one was exhibited in Tokyo’s Marunouchi Building a couple of months ago. Of course the rope way car is moving! I’m looking forward to following his career!

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  1. andy1076 said, on December 2, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Wow this is neat, somehow reminds me of great movies like Leputa: Castle in the sky and the like :)

    • tokyobling said, on December 2, 2011 at 5:33 am

      Yes it does! I wish there were really cities or villages like this!

      • andy1076 said, on December 5, 2011 at 3:04 am

        Sometimes, i wonder if people are yearning for the easier life when life wasn’t so dependent on technology and just working with what nature provides :)

        • tokyobling said, on December 5, 2011 at 4:41 am

          I think many people are, but many people are so brainwashed by media that they are afraid of stepping back and losing the place in the line. The line to what…?

  2. Rob Currie said, on December 2, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I like the little lights

    • tokyobling said, on December 2, 2011 at 6:27 am

      Aren’t they lovely? Thank for the comment Rob!

  3. D... said, on December 2, 2011 at 6:42 am

    I love how you have been able to capture the development of an artist.

    And now I am wondering if I’ve ever seen Leputa, I know of it, but I think it’s one that I’ve missed. Shame on me.

    • tokyobling said, on December 2, 2011 at 6:49 am

      It’s one of his better! Recommended. Oh, and thanks for the kind comment! (^-^)

  4. Timi said, on December 2, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I want something like this on my wall, maybe with additional smurfs or fairies? :D

    • tokyobling said, on December 4, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      Haha…. not smurfs! (^-^:)

  5. pk1154 said, on December 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    The windmills…the tram…the little lighted windows and doors…enchanting!

    A link to that earlier post (A Paper Craft Castle…) is what lead me to start following your blog.

    • tokyobling said, on December 5, 2011 at 12:03 am

      Thanks pk1154! Glad you liked it! It looks better in real life though. (^-^;) That post with the paper castle is the most popular post on this site, to date it has had 245,134 clicks, beating the second most popular page by almost 100 000 visitors.

  6. Jennifer said, on December 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

    What a delightful piece! The paper castle post was sent to me by a friend two years. That’s what started me following your blog. So wonderful to more work by such an imaginative and skilled artist.

    • tokyobling said, on December 5, 2011 at 1:03 am

      Thanks for the kind comment Jennifer! (^-^) Yes, I’m glad he hasn’t been resting too much. He’s also done a whole bunch of stand alone paper craft models. I hope to be able to show them some time next year.

  7. Prashant said, on May 1, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Truly something inspiring, Even loved the paper castle post. Hope to see more articles of paper crafts on ur blog :)….(actually like many others the Paper castle post link from smashing magazine led me start following your blog :D )

    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you Prashant and sorry to reply so late! Yes, Smashing is a great website! (^-^)

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