Japanese Picture Book Photoshops Prehistoric Creatures Into Contemporary Settings

Prehistoric creatures have long been extinct. But evidence that they once roamed the very world we inhabit has fueled a never-ending fascination with these ancient speciemens. Now, a new series of picture books by art director Ken Tsuchiya offers a unique way to enjoy and think about these mysterious organisms.

Based on fossil research, scientists have always known how large these ancient creatures were. But simply describing them in feet or meters never quite painted the full picture. That’s where the Real Size Prehistoric Creature Picture Book (real size koseibutsu zukan) comes in, photoshoping these creatures into contemporary, real-life settings. The author manages to add context by scaling them in relation to things we are familiar with like pets, stationary and food.

The first book, published last year and featuring creatures from Paleozoic Era (roughly 500 million years ago), has been popular with kids and adults and in less than a year it’s reportedly sold 60,000 copies. Now, a 2nd book is being released next month in July and will feature creatures from the Mesozoic Era (roughly 250 million years ago).

To promote the new book, an exhibition of scaled prehistoric creatures will take place at the 1st floor event space of Shinjuku Marui Annex from June 12 – June 23, 2019.

1 Comment

  1. Barbara Wells

    June 9, 2019 at 11:13 am

    May I send a photo to share? Unique vase I found in a shop in Mississippi?
    Don’t you think the Japanese readers would like to see creative items made in the U.S.?

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