Terada Mokei / by Deborah Clague

Last week I visited Japan Town while in San Francisco and discovered several things that I will probably be obsessing over for the next few months. The first is the 1/100th scale architectural model series by artist Terada Mokei. These very tiny, intricately detailed paper models are sold in sheets that recreate various vignettes of life, from the hustle and bustle of the New York subway system to a competitive swimming event. I really want to assemble one; I feel it would be a great test of patience while learning to hone one's craft. 

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Terada Mokei New York subway scene

Terada Mokei New York subway scene

Terada Moeki competitive swimming event scene

Terada Moeki competitive swimming event scene

Terada Mokei wedding scene

Terada Mokei wedding scene

Terada Mokei rice planting scene

Terada Mokei rice planting scene

Terada Mokei fishing scene

Terada Mokei fishing scene

Terada Mokei symphony scene (my favourite)

Terada Mokei symphony scene (my favourite)

To truly appreciate the effort involved in constructing these (and get an accurate sense of scale), watch the video below: