I created these images in response to Tokyo Collective’s brief on creating a visual narrative about an object in Tokyo for their 2nd anthology zine: Monogatari. These images are part of this zine but are also available as a numbered limited edition risograph prints in my shop.


Inspired by my neighborhood charming irregular buildings which remained me of the wabi-sabi philosophy, I decided to make a series of images on this topic.

Wabi-sabi in its origins referred to the solitude felt when living in nature and it was also linked to the tea ceremony. It is about looking closer, appreciating imperfection and the pass of time, that’s why the sequence of images are a continuous zoom in (except for the two last ones).

The story starts in the first print with a girl in a balcony looking at a tea cup, on the second print it gets closer to the crack in the cup, and suddenly the tea cup looks like a mountain. In the third print, you see that inside the mountain there is little house, and in it there is a monk. In the last print the monk and the girl meet while drinking tea at the same time.


Lori Ono, who also created a story in the Monogatari zine, interviewed me and a few other participants about the creative process and sequential art. – Thank you very much Lori! Please have a read at thespendypencil.​​​​​​​


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