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Artist captures the lives of tiny people with miniature life photo exhibition

By Connie Sceaphierde, grape Japan

Do you believe in the tiny people? You know, the ones who live secretly in walls and occasionally “borrow” stuff from us big people. The ones who seem to take things without letting us know and the ones who repair the ripped fabric of our pockets overnight.

Photographer Tatsuya Tanaka uses miniature photography to bring the tiny people to life. Using a variety of everyday objects such as rice or cotton wool and a mixture of mini humanoid models, Tanaka is able to capture imaginary "life" scenes if tiny people we’re to really exist.

A photography exhibition showcasing more than 100 pieces of Tanaka’s work is on display in Daimaru Umeda until Oct 5. Additionally 50 real miniature life exhibits will be displayed at the event. Don’t forget to bring your magnifying glass.


Welcome to the world of miniatures, where rice becomes clouds in the sky, lipsticks become skyscrapers and makizushi become trains. By combining these everyday objects and foods with miniature dolls, Tanaka is able to give us a glimpse into the mysterious, cute world of tiny people.

This exhibition is the second edition of the ‘MINIATURE LIFE exhibition’, which gained a lot of attention both nationally and internationally when it was held at the Daimaru Umeda store in 2017.



Time: 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (final day open until 5:30 p.m.)

Venue: Daimaru Umeda, 15th floor Daimaru Museum

Admission fees

General – 800 yen

Middle and high school students – 600 yen

Elementary school students – 400 yen

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Is there a metaphor lurking here?

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Most of the figurines look like they are from HO scale Preiser. Most are handpainted in the Global South by people happy to make a euro each day.

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Just make sure you have the displays in sealed transparent diaramas so kids can't touch them.

expatSep. 27  11:11 am JST

Is there a metaphor lurking here?

Horton Hears a Who, maybe?

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