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.




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