Have you ever looked at a stalk of broccoli and thought it resembled a tree? Or perhaps you’ve seen leaves floating on a lake and imagined them as small boats.
Welcome to the mind of the Japanese miniature and mitate artist, Tatsuya Tanaka, who has made a lasting impact in the realm of miniatures by seeing the world from this whimsical—and frankly—adorable perspective.
Every day for the last decade, Tanaka has been creating and photographing miniature scenes using household items like food, office supplies, and, most recently, face masks with diorama figurines, to depict commonplace activities and situations. Tanaka started this as a fun way to photograph his figurine collection back in 2011. However, it quickly became a project called the Miniature Calendar. Each delightful image has a superimposed superscript caption that reads, “Miniature Life by Tatsuya Tanaka” and the date posted.