to-ma-re 1. Golden Hour
This 'to-ma-re' illustration depicts a rare yet beautiful light moment: right before sunset, the sun casts horizontal orange light on the NHK building. The glass facade reflects the light into the overshadowed street.
to-ma-re 2. Dream Walk
Often walking in the soft ambient light of dusk feels like walking in a dream. Especially when the sky turns pink for a brief moment of time and colors everything in pink. This illustration is about the feeling of walking in a dream.
to-ma-re 3. Sakura and Snow
At the end of March 2020 there was a sudden snowfall—a very unexpected thing for the usually warm sakura season. That subtly beautiful and rare coincidence is depicted in this 'to-ma-re' illustration.
After living in the center of big city for few years, the calm evening atmosphere of a residential neighbourhood is unusual and soothing.
Somnium 4. 'Watch the sky'. At any point of time, elevate your perspective by looking up at the sky and realizing what it is—the atmospheric layer shielding you from the endless vastness of space.
Somnium 3. 'Imagine yourself from space'. Elevate your perspective by imagining how the whole of the humanity appears from space.
Somnium 2. 'Observe the strange and foreign territory beyond the city known as "nature". In a hustle and bustle of cities it can be difficult to stay mindful and present. Take the time to go away and reconnect with the present by observing nature.
Somnium 1. 'Watch how everything changes from day to night'. Reconnect with the present moment by observing how the time is constantly passing.
Somnium Concept Image
Drawn for a cover page explaining the concept behind 'Somnium' (a media specializing in content on perception). It illustrates the 'levels' of human perception—from a close realm of home, through forests and mountains—into a distant realm of moon and the outer space.
Kawaguchiko Dusk with Fuji
Tokyo Summer Dusk
Yaba Inari Shrine
Sublime afternoon light over a small shinto shrine in Tokyo.
Afternoon light in the forests of Kashima Jingu and an old shrine, inspired by Ukiyo-e aesthetics.
Afternoon light in Hakone, inspired by Ukiyo-e aesthetics.
Cloudy Days Tokyo
Japanese summer is famous for its rainy season. Sometimes it feels like the whitish-grey days are endless and that your coffee mug is contributing to the creation of clouds.
Stay at Home
Drawn in the first month of 2020, when were all getting used to the concept of staying at home.
to-ma-re' Festival Road in Night Rain
In mid-september in Japan the streets are usually being decorated with hanging paper lanterns. The night rain makes these streets look even more magical.
to-ma-re' Night Rain in Tokyo
Night sky turns a peculiar shade of pinkish-grey when it rains in Tokyo. The red lights on top of the tall buildings are coloring the cloudy night sky.
to-ma-re' Fuji Kawaguchiko
Elusive mount Fuji in the blue dusk of Kawaguchiko.
to-ma-re' Shibuya in the Afternoon
The very first 'to-ma-re' illustration which has started a series inspired by walks in Tokyo.