Whether you’ve never been to Tokyo or you’ve been living here for decades, this beautiful artwork will have you ready to go out and explore Japan’s gorgeous capital.
Tokyo is a fascinating city, not just because of its size, but because of the amazing contrasts you can find within its expansive confines. The metopolis is both urban gathering points that packs as much humanity and energy into a city block as possible, and secluded meandering backstreets with hardly a soul around. The limitless variety in Tokyo makes for compelling visuals, and perhaps no one knows this better than artist Shinji Tsuchimochi.
The 37-year-old Tsuchimochi is a graduate of Tama Art University, the same school where Mad Max’s Doof Wagon recently showed up at the graduation ceremony. Tsuchimochi’s aesthetic, though, is less “shiny and chrome” and more “soft and warm,” as several of the entries in his Tokyo 100 Views series look to be bathed in the comfortable glow of the last rays of gentle light the sun sends down before clocking out for the day, or perhaps the first ones it prepares for us in the morning.
▼ The outer area of Tsukiji Fish Market
▼ Kishibojin Shrine in the Zoshigaya neighborhood
▼ Ueno Toshogu park in cherry blossom season
Tsuchimochi’s list of his favorite artists is an eclectic one, including Vincent van Gogh, Edo Period ukiyo-e painter Hiroshige, and French comic artist Moebius. Anime fans are also likely to get a Studio Ghibli vibe from some of the 100 scenes in the series, due to the use of soft lines in rendering extremely detailed backgrounds, luscious depictions of plant life, and tender, nostalgia-inducing color palette.
▼ Uogashi Yokocho market
▼ Tenan, a shop specializing in tsukudani (soy-simmered fish or seaweed) in the Tsukudajima area
Another similarity to Ghibli’s works? Tsuchimochi’s penchant for slipping subtle surreal touches into his artwork, like the daruma dolls climbing the pole here.
▼ Torifusa, a yakitori restaurant in Tateishi
▼ Kurayamizaka in Azabujuban
The series of illustrations shows different parts of Tokyo, but different seasons in the city as well.
▼ Watching the summertime fireworks festival from Komagata Bridge
▼ A carpet of autumn ginkgo leaves in Hibiya’s Matsumotoro
Having 100 different drawings to channel his creative energies into also allows Tsuchimochi to vary how abstract or realistic he is in rendering the subjects and scenery.
▼ A ship docked at Soya
▼ This monkey making deliveries in Shinbashi’s Ashina Shoten is much more industrious…
▼ …than this alien out on a bender in Sangenjaya’s Sankaku Chitai bar district.
▼ If this guy doesn’t catch any fish in Asakusa’s Benkeibashi…
▼ …he can always stop off at Rashomon in Shinbashi to eat dinner on his way home.
This is just a sample of Tsuchimochi’s beautiful depictions of Tokyo, and if you’re keen to see the rest, views 1 through 87 can all be found on his page with art-sharing website Behance, as well as his Facebook page. We’re torn between wanting to see the as-yet-unfinished views 88 through 100 as soon as possible and hoping that Tsuchimochi puts them off for a while, letting us stretch our enjoyment of the series out just a little bit longer.
Related: Shinji Tsuchimochi Behance, Facebook
Source: U Funk
Top image: Behance/Shinji Tsuchimochi (1, 2) (edited by RocketNews24
Insert images; Behance/Shinji Tsuchimochi (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 ,11)