Tatsuya Tanaka’s Miniature Calendar makes every day a tiny delight

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‘Suspension bridge’ by Tatsuya Tanaka, via Miniature Calendar

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Visit Miniature Calendar for a daily dose of life on a small scale from Tatsuya Tanaka.

Have you ever looked a stalk of broccoli and remarked on its resemblance to a tree? Or how a bottlecap looks like a tablecloth skirting a round table? These little thoughts are what led to a big project from Tatsuya Tanaka.

Hide and Seek, Miniature Calendar

‘Hide and seek’ by Tatsuya Tanaka, via Miniature Calendar

Tanaka photographs scenes with tiny figures interacting with regular-sized everyday objects and posts them daily on Miniature Calendar.

Guide, Miniature Calendar

‘Guide’ by Tatsuya Tanaka, via Miniature Calendar

Though the figures are generally acting out something ordinary, the shrunken perspective transforms the way you look at mundane items such as paperclips, baby corn and compact discs.

Puddle, Miniature Calendar

‘Puddle’ by Tatsuya Tanaka, via Miniature Calendar

Tanaka even works in the odd pop culture reference, introducing Ant-Man, Star Wars icons, and Spider-Man to his tiny world.

Obi-wan and Anakin, Miniature Calendar

‘Obi-wan vs Anakin’ by Tatsuya Tanaka, via Miniature Calendar

Sometimes his creations are even newsworthy.

Asteroid, Miniature Calendar

‘Asteroid’ by Tatsuya Tanaka, via Miniature Calendar

In an interview with Designboom, Tanaka reveals that he began posting daily images to Miniature Calendar on 20 April 2011, and it continues to this day.

Steak, Miniature Calendar

‘Steak’ by Tatsuya Tanaka, via Miniature Calendar

Since 2011, Miniature Calendar has featured more than 1,600 new images.

Treadmill, Miniature Calendar

‘Treadmill’ by Tatsuya Tanaka, via Miniature Calendar

It’s impressive that Tanaka’s inventive imagination can dream up new dioramas with another surprising context for an object every single day, and he credits his childhood imagination – when he first saw broccoli as a tree and the edge of a tatami mat as a path between rice fields – with giving him the right frame of mind to see the world in miniature form.

Way home, Miniature Calendar

‘Way home’ by Tatsuya Tanaka, via Miniature Calendar

Tanaka is not alone in his tiny world, either, as other artists such as UK-based Slinkachu have brought attention to the format through street art installations and books.

Bookshelf, Miniature Calendar

‘Bookshelf’ by Tatsuya Tanaka, via Miniature Calendar

Tanaka’s own book of photographs, Miniature Life, can be purchased online and ships worldwide.

Celebration, Miniature Calendar

‘Celebration’ by Tatsuya Tanaka, via Miniature Calendar

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