Ukiyo-e Inspired Illustrations Capture the Relatable Moments of Modern Everyday Life

That disappointment when you spot a fancy cafe but it turns out to be a beauty salon.

A Japanese illustrator who goes by the pseudonym Yamada Zenjidou, creates these simple yet adorable illustrations that we can’t get enough of. Each are drawn in a style inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and feature an anachronistic setting: men and women seemingly from an ancient time, engaged in incredibly relatable moments of modern everyday life.


That feeling when you want the free sample but pretend you totally don’t want it

You need an intermediate level of Japanese language to fully comprehend some of these but they’re simple enough that they could also be great for practicing your Japanese. You can follow them on Twitter or on Instagram.


When “now with 10% more” doesn’t make you feel any happier


When you’re looking at your reflection in the glass and realize there’s someone on the other side


When the guy who was least interested in the party is clearly trying the hardest


Eating instant noodles outside makes it taste oddly better


  1. Maria Teixeira

    July 5, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Great blog! I just found it.
    I love Japanese art, but don’t know much about it and want to learn more.
    Will definitely start following!

    Keep up the great work,

  2. I follow the Instagram and it’s hilarious.

    Too relatable! 🙂
    Love it.

  3. Great translation…great to improve my English…Keep it up! I totally get the disappointment when a potentially cool spot turns out to be…a beauty salon or a sort of design studio.

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