the astounding creatures of masayoshi matsumoto

MASAYOSHI MATSUMOTO uses balloons only! He has taken care to keep a very low profile: he is 25-years-old and a recent graduate of Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he studied organic polymer materials. I did find what appears to be his website at Isopresso. There he claims:

“I make many things with balloons. The images that are posted on this page are made only from balloons. Adhesive, magic pen, seal, etc. are not used at all.”

The fantabulous critters below were made entirely from balloons, including the eyes, which are made from tiny balloons. Masayoshi claims that so far, his work has not been done for sale: after he creates and photographs each wee beastie, he pops them!


“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”




















Scorpion fish






Hermit crab









Beetle larvae




Little princes and big books

The quote at the top of this page (“a rock pile”) courtesy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. He is best known in the US as the author of The Little Prince, one of the least child-like children’s books ever published. It is also one of the most successful books ever published:

1) it is the fourth most-translated book in history, having been translated into more than 250 languages and dialects;

2) it has sold over 140,000,000 copies worldwide, and reputedly still sells nearly 2,000,000 copies annually; and

3) it was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. 


This is the image on Masayoshi’s Facebook page where most of us place a photograph of ourselves. He also has a Twitter page.