Shinnosuke Masuko

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Balloon artist pursues goal of spreading smiles through art

Lifestyle Jul 16, 2016

Balloon artist pursues goal of spreading smiles through art

Balloon artist Erisa Sasaki has traveled around Japan and overseas in pursuit of her goal to "bring smiles to people across the world" with her inflatable artworks. Sasaki, 38, a resident of Sapporo, Hokkaido, was a nervous child who tried to avoid attending elementary and ...

There's history in the making of these dolls

Art May 28, 2016

There's history in the making of these dolls

An artist based in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido is in demand for her remarkably lifelike clay figurines of famous historical figures. Mika Takayama, 47, who lives in Sapporo, calls the 15-centimeter-tall figurines made of oven-bake clay chima chima ningyō (tiny little dolls). Takayama principally ...