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Winners of the 1st Miniature Contest

Thank you very much for participating in the 1st Miniature Contest.
There were many amazing works, so it was difficult for judges to decide.
After a rigorous judging process, they awarded the following works.
Congratulations to all winners!

The 1st Miniature Contest Overview

Submission Period:
December 15, 2020 (Tue.) ~ February 21, 2021 (Sun.)

Theme:

“My favorite things, my favorite view”

     

All Submitted Works

Gold Award

Solutional Cave

Solutional Cave

Shin

Comment from the judge:
This work caught the attention of all SMALL WORLDS TOKYO visitors as well as the judges. When you look at this work created in the so-called box diorama style, you can actually get the mysterious feeling of getting lost in the world of solutional cave deep underground. By putting the diorama in a box like this and creating a viewpoint from only one direction, the author clearly expressed his idea including the composition of work. (Tatsuya Kaneko)

Silver Award

Cats and sliding paper door

Cats and sliding paper door

Tamaori

Comment from the maker:
The sliding paper door with holes and tatami with cat scratches…
The work is based on my memories about the cats I raised.
In fact, I raised only two cats. But I made more cats and let them lively go on the rampage. Please look at this work from different angles.

Comment by the judge:
Though it is a miniature about cats made of well-favored wool felt, it is an original work by a cat lover that will drive you to imagine the character and personality of each cat. The scene looks more “static” than “dynamic”. But with the addition of a torn sliding paper door (and scratched tatami), this work makes you feel like you can see the state before everything was destroyed and the state of it being destroyed as well as hear the growling and mewing of the cats. (Tatsuya Kaneko)

Bronze Award

Plane City

Plane City

Riri Matsumoto

Comment from the judge:
A world of diorama shows towns and fields seen from the airplane flying high up in the sky as miniatures. The scenery presented in this work perfectly matches with the contest theme “my favorite view”. Not only the airplane but also the cotton cloud floating in the sky as a part of the scene as well as buildings, roads and rivers on the ground and even the people living there are portrayed vividly and happily. I hope everyone can see a 1:80 scale world of SMALL WORLDS TOKYO like this. (Tatsuya Kaneko)

Judge Ichiyoh Haga Award

Moss

Moss

Shin

Comment from the judge:
I wondered what it is for a second. If you look closely, you will see the miniature moss in the foreground and a photo of the actual jungle set as the background. Sometimes I see works featuring photos as a background. However, the photo in this work is amazing and perfectly matches with the miniature in the foreground. It seems that you can feel the cold air of the jungle that fills the area. (Ichiyoh Haga)

Judge Takuji Yamada Award

Early summer of 1947

Early summer of 1947

Inu Danshaku

Comment from the judge:
I think that this model of terraced rice fields generally has a rhythmic feel achieved by the rice planted in the rice fields and the steps. Moreover, the vertical composition of this work is quite interesting. It’s good that there are people in the moving car. In addition, placing the car not in the middle but slightly to the right gives the feeling like it’s really moving. As for suggestions, I think it might have been better to make stones in the stone wall a little bigger. (Takuji Yamada)

Judge Kusuo Morii Award

THE THE Abandoned BEETLE

THE Abandoned BEETLE

Yuichi Azuma

Comment from the maker:
Try to look for the remnants of the Showa era.
I tried to reproduce how the ugly part of society decays as our life becomes more convenient. I hope you can enjoy it from different angles.

Comment from the judge:
Just like the maker says “Try to look for the remnants of the Showa era.” You will discover various things the more you look at this work. It is a vacant lot that everyone could have seen in the period from the Showa to Heisei era where stray dogs in the city could still be seen.
A CRT TV set, empty pull-tab juice cans, an NES in a paper bag and other “things” that were not officially disposed as garbage are scattered around the rotten Beetle.
If there is a fine of 1 million yen for illegal dumping, the landowner had better do something about this land quickly. It makes me think of many common things in the Showa era.
The work has fine details. Maybe the maker is good at making car models?

The maker’s enjoyment of making this work and the elaborate service to try and excite people looking at it really strikes a chord with me. (Mori Ikusuo)

Judge Yuka Morii Award

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

Shigeki Takahashi

Comment from the maker:
My favorite landscape of “Hawaii”.
I made a miniature of Hawaii, which is difficult to visit, in a classic cookie tin from Hawaii to look at it every day.

Comment from the judge:
This wonderful work shows just a small part of the beach, but it can mysteriously make you imagine the vast sea and people on the beach. The dull moss green shade of the cookie tin also reminds you of a foreign country. Floating mats and beach chairs are randomly placed around the pillar. You will not get tired of looking at the details of the rugged bike. I was also attracted by the detailed depiction of parasol edges and red cones covered a little in the sand. (Yuka Morii)

Judge Shoji Kawamori Award

In a city of northern Germany in August 1945

In a city of northern Germany in August 1945

Tomoyuki Seki

Comment from the maker:
I like to use miniatures to show peaceful settings.
The setting of this work is a city in northern Germany. Children are also helping. The British army stationed there lent them a car. I love peaceful world.

Comment from the judge:
The first thing I noticed is the arrangement of the colors in this work. There is a contrast between the green color of the field and the color of the stone paving. The accent is made using the red tomatoes, truck and clothes of the farmer.
Moreover, I think the scene of daily life that connects war and peace is wonderful. When I went to the hinterland of Laos for interview twenty years ago, I found unexploded bombs and destroyed tanks from the Vietnam War were used as blacksmith anvils and farmhouse containers. Along with the tragedy of the war, I felt the wisdom and strength of people living there. I think this work conveys various things through the lifestyle of such people. (Shoji Kawamori)

Judge Tatsuya Kaneko Award

Thumbelina

Thumbelina

Toshihiro Takahashi

Comment from the maker:
It is my daughter’s favorite Thumbelina. I made it together with her. Since all the parts are very small, it was really hard to assemble them.

Comment from the judge:
Although the judges select works from their respective points of view, it is also important that thoughts put into works by makers could strike a chord with many people… This time, I delved into the theme “My favorite things, my favorite view” and selected works while imagining the inner world of the makers and wondering whom they wanted to share their works with.

This work created by father and daughter together depicts the daughter’s favorite “Thumbelina”. It feels like an illustration from the picture book has been made into a three-dimensional miniature.
Moreover, though it is a thumb-sized miniature, the facial expression, fluffy hair, petal skirt, wings on the back made of thread… as well as the real-sized flower and the texture of the green ground… Every detail is filled with love. I could imagine the happy smiles of the daughter and her father when they were making this. Therefore, I chose such a work containing the thoughts of parent and child. (Tatsuya Kaneko)

MORIN CO.LTD Award

Yoyogi Kaikan

Yoyogi Kaikan

Takumi Chikura

Comment from the maker:
Yoyogi Kaikan, which is widely known as a “sanctuary” of TV dramas and anime, was dismantled last year.
I made this 1:150 scale miniature from scratch using plastic materials based on how the building looked like in 2010.

Comment from the judge:
We were impressed with the almost perfect quality, from the details of outer walls and rooftop to the ivy on the wall and the weed on the vacant lot.
We also highly evaluated that the base of the building is flush with the sidewalk. (MORIN CO.LTD)

SMALL WORLDS Staff Award

Rose Garden

Rose Garden

Yumiko Oishi

Comment from the maker:
I started to make miniatures for mini ourselves a month ago. Since I learned how to make roses, I made a rose arbor in the rose garden where we went together before. There are 150 roses in the rose arbor and more than 200 roses in total!

Comment by the judge:
The two 1:35 scale figures were created using the 3D scanning and 3D color printer as a part of SMALL WORLDS TOKYO Resident Right Program or other plans. Then, they were put into a glass dome recreating a memorable rose garden. It is a wonderful work.
More than 200 roses were handmade one by one. From the gradation of the rose color to the color of probably also handmade paving stones, everything match perfectly with the color of the 3D colored figures. It is really a delicate work. (Tatsuya Kaneko)

General Award

Rabbit

Rabbit

Ryuta Suzuki

Comment from the maker:
My elder sister born in the year of Rabbit welcomes her 70th birthday. I made this work to congratulate her.
She is living with our 97-year-old mother, so I also wanted to express my gratitude with this work. I hope we will defeat COVID-19.
It was difficult to carve a gentler facial expression for the rabbit.

Comment from the judge:
This work is an “artwork” or a “doll” rather than a miniature, which makes it stand out from model miniature works. I like its intense bright red eyes. The rough chisel traces are also great. Moreover, the bold colors make it a work of art. If you just place such a rabbit nearby, it will give you the amazing power to make your life happy. (Ichiyoh Haga)

Cat and goldfish

Cat and goldfish

Hana Tomari

Comment from the maker:
My work is based on the image of a back alley in Europe.
It depicts a cat who is interested in the goldfish in the bucket.
I hope the days when we can travel overseas freely could come soon.

Comment from the judge:
This work is based on the image of a back alley in Paris. I remember when I went for a walk in Europe, in the trivial residential area I actually found some things that surprised me. Graceful and well built – those were my impressions on Paris cats. The aged door, the way weeds grow and the ivy climbing down the wall are wonderful, and even the garbage makes you feel nostalgic. It is a lovable work by looking at which you could feel the nice smell of supper and hear someone calling for the cat. (Yuka Morii)

Dispatch of Noborito 8th Division

Dispatch of Noborito 8th Division

Etsushi Yamamoto

Comment from the maker:
I tried to show how the fire brigade gets ready for dispatch when a fire suddenly occurs.
The work is made of wood and metal just like an actual building.

Comment from the judge:
The shape of the fire watchtower roof is interesting because it looks like a pointy hat. The red color of firefighting truck draws the focus of the whole work. There is a garage on the side, and I like the elaborate shape and patina-like blue color of its roof. In the past, the fire watchtowers were everywhere, but perhaps only people aged 50 and above may feel nostalgic about this. (Ichiyoh Haga)

Distant dream of the early summer spent with you

Distant dream of the early summer spent with you

Hirohisa Mori

Comment from the maker:
The work is based on Star Festival held in the early summer of Showa era under Kiyama Sanren Bridge in Fukuoka prefecture of Kyushu. You can turn the switch and it will be the evening with lights and fireflies. These high school girls are standing there waiting. What are they thinking about?

Comment from the judge:
There are two wonderful settings: one is under the Sanren Bridge and another one is across the river. You can see the backs of a man and a woman in yukatas and figures of high school girls waiting for someone under the bridge. What do they feel at this moment and what do they think? What will the future be like? This work will trigger your imagination. (Shoji Kawamori)

Junior Award

North African Campaign

North African Campaign

Ryotaro Okamura (14 years old)

A witch and her cat flying on a broom

A witch and her cat flying on a broom

Mishin Kobayashi (8 years old)

Winter mountaineering

Winter mountaineering

Soshi Shiowaki (11 years old)

Sea landscape

Sea landscape

Koshi Shiowaki (11 years old)

Mini cake shop

Mini cake shop

Toshi Shiowaki (9 years old)