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Tatebanko Paper Diorama Kit

by Ami Kealoha
on 07 November 2007

Appealing to my weakness for dioramas and DIY paper projects, these kits also are a mini lesson on Tatebanko, the forgotten Edo-era Japanese art of creating perspectives from paper. They come in either a snowy scene representing a painting by the master Hiroshige or in a version of Hokusai's wave.

Designed and printed in Japan by It's a Beautiful Day (the group leading the Tatebanko revival), the kits feature metallic accents and hidden surprises. Available for $10 each from Giant Robot or Brooklyn 5 and 10 .