In Japan, there are many people who love trains…..and when the trains become their obsession, they are referred to as otaku.
Soon we will have a new bullet train called the Hayabusa, which is actually very cool design and seems to have to most luxurious seats that I’ve ever seen:
Also, in typical Japan style, they had to have a toy representation of the train (they are all mini legos by the way):
It took me quite a while to snap this simple photo since there were mounds of otaku taking shot after shot with their professional cameras (with massive lenses) on tripods. Oh dear….. just reinforcing the camera stereotype yet again.
Gachapin. He’s tall, green, has one tooth and looks like he’s stoned.
This Japanese character is quite famous and well-loved by many -including many otaku, or hard-core enthusiasts.
Here’s a car I passed by that freaked me out but also gave me a great project idea just for fun.
I decided to gather a few materials from my “leftovers” pile to see if I can get the right colours for a cut out collage type of artwork…..
… and I remembered that I had a few shikishi boards (decorative calligraphy boards) from Daiso (¥100 shop) a long time ago.
It was pure luck that I had one with a green fade on it!
I went online to see images of Gachapin and see if I can make a nice cut out. I started with the main body and arms, followed by his tummy area, which was just layered pink cardboard paper over peach magazine paper.
The eyes were basically black cardboard paper and some white paper from the magazine.
I also had leftover faux chiyogami from a ¥100 shop, so I decided to cut out the groups of flowers from the page and leave the rest for the next project.
I placed everything on the shikishi and this is how it turned out:
Seems like a mini Gachapin shrine for the real otaku!