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The Miniatures of Ichiyo Haga

Posted in Design Festa 2009 by tokyobling on June 24, 2010

Probably my favorite exhibition at Design Festa 2010 was the works of Ichiyo Haga (芳賀一洋, see his bilingual website here). His speciality is street scenes, miniatures, buildings and lit rooms so detailed and beautiful you can hardly believe you own eyes. For some reason his exhibition had been placed in the “dark room” so spotlight, deep shadows and a throng of people made it almost impossible to get decent shots of his amazing work. But have a look for yourself. Most of the street scenes are French, but he also works with more surreal scenes as well as Japanese and Chinese streets. Best thing is, his exhibition will visit Chicago next year, if you’re in Windy City over the next year you are in luck. Enjoy!


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  1. yoshizen said, on June 24, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Its one of the fine sample of the traditional model making / Diorama of the Museum
    display. And I’ve seen many of even more extreme samples. ——- so, I’m not too impressed like you. (You might have seen Ukiyoe printing and the faces of people
    has been intricately reproduced. It is the result of fine wood block carving.
    And the Chinese Ivory carvings etc etc —– to many to name).
    ———- I rather feel spooky side of the maker’s mentality. Kowai-des ne. or Kimochi-


    • tokyobling said, on June 24, 2010 at 3:50 am

      Yes, ukiyoe and other traditional arts are also very impressing, but they have already been pretty well documented by other blogs and publications since at least 1868… so…. (^-^)


      • yoshizen said, on June 24, 2010 at 6:25 am

        Thats correct, at least about this craftsman you are the first person for me to know. 😀


  2. Christoffer Lernö said, on June 24, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Beautiful stuff.


  3. Romain said, on June 24, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Nice job for those stuff… if people need the french translation there is a french over here 😉


    • tokyobling said, on June 24, 2010 at 7:51 am

      Thanks! I’ll remember that. I studied French for years and years, but I haven’t actually used it since helping a drunk French guy back to his hotel one late night in Macau in 1996. That’s a long time… Pardonnez-moi, j’ai oublié tout!


  4. Aysha said, on July 5, 2010 at 5:56 am



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