the astounding creatures of masayoshi matsumoto

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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.”


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Matsumoto centipede900




Matsumoto jellyfish900




Matsumoto bee900




Matsumoto lizard900




Matsumoto butterfly900




Matsumoto scorpionfish900

Scor­pion fish



Matsumoto caterpillar900




Matsumoto crab900

Hermit crab



Matsumoto flamingo900




Matsumoto phoenix900




Matsumoto larvae900

Beetle larvae



Matsumoto octopus900


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. 


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




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