Coffee – ichiban (I looked it up and “ichiban” means “first, number one, the best” B J)
#15 Some People Should Never, Ever Quit Their Day Jobs
Kazuki Yamamoto is a Japanese barista who constructs eye-popping works of 3D art using just foam and coffee.
#14 Try Asking for One of These at Starbucks
the six years Yamamoto has been working at a coffee shop in Osaka, he's
racked up more than 100,000 Twitter followers obsessed with his latte
#13 He's Like Picasso on Speed
must work quickly to satisfy customers' desires for a fresh cup of Joe.
He claims he completes each work of art in under four minutes, so the
coffee is still hot when he serves it.
#12 Sometimes One Cup Is Not Enough
Some of his creations even climb out of their cups and reach out to others ( I'm afraid those fish are not long for this world…)
#11 Fans Say He's Also a Real Nice Guy
the past, he's created latte portraits of his Twitter followers. This
is Twitter fan Peter Harrison, before his latte transformation.
#10 And Here He is After:
(According to Mr. Harrison, the gift was a complete surprise.)
#9 He Uses Just a Spoon and Toothpick
says he uses two very common objects -- a spoon and a toothpick -- to
create all of his art. He pours the foam in first, then uses the
toothpick to paint with espresso and the spoon to create shapes.
The water's...well, the water's actually coffee. But it sure is nice and toasty in here.
#7 The Philosophy Behind Ephemeral Art
bother creating a masterpiece if it's going to disappear down someone's
throat? According to design philosopher Leonard Koren, ephemeral art
has its roots in traditional Japanese aesthetics. Two Japanese concepts
-- wabi-sabi and mono-no-aware -- hold that "many things are beautiful
precisely because they are short lived."
is why the Japanese love the metaphor of cherry blossoms. "Because
cherry trees blossom for only a week or two every year, when they do
blossom, there is the emotional poignancy of knowing that it is only a
temporary state of affairs," writes Koren.
#5 Speaking of Impermanence...
could read this as a sad statement about the plight of the polar bear
or you could gape in awe at Yamamoto's magnificent attention to detail.
#4 We Wish We Knew The Meaning Behind This One...
But, sadly, we don't watch enough anime. Here's one of the many, many Anime characters Yamamoto has painted.
#3 The Best Part of Waking Up?
finding a 3D foam cat in your cup!Amiright guys? Amiright?! Am I?
…..Because I sort of accidentally dropped our cat in the coffee today.
I, uh, I'm really sorry about that.
#2 Then There's This Amazing Giraffe
better way to show off your over-the-top creativity than crafting a
sculpture of the most vertical of creatures, the giraffe? I would have
major guilt destroying this work of art in order to get my caffeine fix.
#1 Yamamoto's Dedication to his Craft is Inspiring.
intricate and beautiful works of art remind us to find playful moments
even in the most mundane of situations. They are truly joy in a cup.