The Gentle Washi Scupltures of Kyoko Okubo


Tokyo-based artist Kyoko Okubu does amazing things with the traditional Japanese paper called washi. Simple yet provocative, her delicately handcrafted miniature scenes realistically portray intimate moments from a gentle world inhabited by passive and enigmatic animals mysteriously bonding and interacting with children, and with themselves. These relationships suggest a type of childlike intimacy, or perhaps something deeper, but Okubu herself has stated that she does not fully understand the meaning of her pieces, and so we, like the artist, are left wondering…


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14 Responses to The Gentle Washi Scupltures of Kyoko Okubo

  1. These are delightful! thanks for introducing us to washi and Okubo’s work.

  2. drewpan says:

    These are so cute! Although the Pug Cups piece is a little bit awkward hahaha! I dunno what to say about that one.

  3. Andrew says:

    Love the owl teapot. So creative.

  4. Rosa says:

    I am an owl fan, and that teapot absolutely speaks to me.
    Must admit that I’ve never heard of washi before, so your blog it is also very informative to me

  5. I’m wondering if some of this wouldn’t go amiss in a Hayao Miyazaki film, lol 🙂

  6. Absolutely amazing work! The detail… how lifelike the creatures… Thank you for sharing it

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