Japanese Illustrator Creates Beautiful Handbook of the Birds You’ll Find in Tokyo

Illustrated Tokyo Bird Book by Ryo Takemasa

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Commissioned by Tokyo Midtown—an art and design-focused urban district in the heart of Japan’s capital city—illustrator Ryo Takemasa created an illustrated “handbook” of Tokyo’s most common Japanese birds. Made in collaboration with graphic design studio Tawarasha, the pamphlet features 25 different bird species rendered in Takemasa’s distinct minimalist style.

From the common pigeon to the majestic great egret, each bird is beautifully illustrated with simple, graphic shapes and muted colors. Gradient hues are overlaid against a grainy, paper-like texture, creating a charming paper cut-out effect. Plumage is often depicted with repeating geometric shapes, such as triangles and semicircles, while delicate, equally-spaced lines are used to illustrate feathery wings. Each bird is drawn to scale, and when the pamphlet is opened out, the viewer can appreciate their relative sizes and enjoy a snippet of information about each one.

You can see more of Takemasa’s work on Behance, and buy prints of this work and more on Society6.

Made in collaboration with with graphic design studio Tawarasha, Japanese illustrator Ryo Takemasa created an illustrated “handbook” of Tokyo’s most common bird species.

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From the common pigeon to a majestic great egret, each bird is beautifully illustrated with simple, graphic shapes and muted colors.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use images by Ryo Takemasa.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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