Castle On the Ocean Could Paper Craft Get Any Better

Posted on 22 October 2009

Going through a recent paper craft exhibition in Tokyo, simply called ‘Castle on the Ocean’ exhibition, one thing that couldn’t escape an attendee’s attention is a piece of work by a Japanese paper craft genius going by the name Wataru Itou. From the piece of work – a complete city, with all the trappings like a electrical lights and even a train one would be forgiven for thinking the creator is someone who has been in paper craft for decades.


Yet as it turns out, Itou is but ‘just’ a student of art at one of Tokyo’s university. Obviously, there lies a very promising student. Words alone cannot exactly capture the intensity of Itou’s creation. But looking at it, one is left wondering whether paper craft could ever get any better, or whether Itou’s work isn’t really as good as it can get; in other words ‘the ultimate.’ Thanks to Robert Svard.

The name for the exhibition, where Itou can be seen in action, that is ‘castle in the ocean’ is not one reached by guesswork. Turns out that the location of the exhibition ‘Omihotaru’ is one of the top tourist traps in Tokyo: this being a place reclaimed right out of the ocean, a fact you cannot guess from the bustle of activity on top of it. By reclaimed, the implication is not that the place was filled up, dug up or anything. It is a part of Tokyo city, built right on top of the ocean. Talk of the modern wonders of the world!











19 Responses to “Castle On the Ocean Could Paper Craft Get Any Better”

  1. Absolutely amazing! I’ve never seen anything like this and I don’t know that anyone has? I can foresee this becoming the new designer’s art-form of the future, except I’m afraid the skills needed to create such a work are probably far and few between.

    Great post! Thanks a lot!

  2. John Woods says:

    Wow, that is like way kewl dude!

  3. Anna says:

    That is amazing! It’s…beautiful!

  4. That is amazing! Paper cutting while always an art form in Asian cultures is really exploding into many genres and from many different types of artists…really cool!

  5. Somewhere, there is an architect taking notes. Some great designs here that I would love to see in steel and concrete.

  6. Louis Ploskonka says:

    The mind of man is tuly the work of a supreme being.

  7. P.J. Ryan says:

    Creativity and patience in one artist, wow. Remarkable.
    Patti Ryan

  8. Lynn Litrenta says:


  9. Norma Watson says:

    This takes my breath away. I found myself trying to take in details for later contemplation.

  10. E. Dockery-Reger says:

    Absolutely breath-taking – both the creation and the photography. Thanks for sharing.

  11. ghinwa says:


  12. Sandra Dry says:

    Wow!!! Totally breathtaking.
    Thank you so much for sharing
    Sandra x

  13. diane says:

    I can’t stop looking at these pictures; I am in awe. Thank you so much!

  14. Carol says:

    Truly a God-given talent! And the artist with a mind/brain to create this magnificent art must have been created, himself, by an even more Awesome Creator, one whose ability and power no mere man could ever hope to match! Hallelujah!!

  15. Eleanor says:

    Wararu Ltou has a great talent.
    His woek is simply stunning!

  16. Tom says:

    The paper craft is amazing. The photography is as good.

  17. Is it really mad from paper? amazing. How long that you assemble it? It’s so nice, thanks for sharing.

  18. Mary A. Bell says:

    It’s truly awesome. Who would believe that it’s all paper!

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