If you think diorama means boring miniature replica, time to think again! In Japan, the hobby of crafting tiny worlds in loving detail has reached a whole other level thanks to some crazy talented artists.
We can’t speak about diorama in Japan without mentioning two of the most famous Japanese artists of the genre: Satoshi Araki and Tanaka Tatsuya.
Satoshi Araki’s attention to detail in his work is more than staggering. Famous for his 超リアルなジオラマ, “super real diorama”, he even writes books about how to build realistic miniatures.
— 情景師アラーキー/荒木さとし (@arakichi1969) July 11, 2019
With an entirely different style, Tanaka Tatsuya lets his imagination run wild and creates amazing and fun diorama.
— Tatsuya Tanaka 田中達也 (@tanaka_tatsuya) July 28, 2019
Want to try it for yourself? Many souvenir shops in Japan sell miniature handmade diorama kits that are perfect to give this hobby a go!
Cat VS Diorama
Our furry companions have basically zero respect for our personal space and stuff. Forget about leaving your keys on the counter or pens on your table, they’ll soon obey gravity and fall to the ground with a little help from kitty’s paw.
In the diorama-loving community, cats are the ultimate enemy. The ネコジラ (Catzilla) leaves a trail of chaos and destruction in its wake in a punny reference to the world-famous monster, Godzilla.
Railway and diorama enthusiast @vM8nGn1T21sJLyD shared this cinematic scene of the dramatic moment their cat reigned feline hellfire on a miniature Tokyo.
— 鉄道猫 (@vM8nGn1T21sJLyD) August 3, 2019
Twitter user @Iwakyu_k was quick to respond with their own recent diorama destruction.
— いわての鉄ヲタ(歌う国鉄厨) (@Iwakyu_k) August 2, 2019
= My diorama is not as good as his but… (^^ ;;
One Twitter user was inspired to create a series of real-life imaginings of Catzilla wreaking havoc in various cat-like ways.
— ‘吟遊詩人’のシン²・『ア～ク』・メルトダウンタウンエデンの使徒きのこりあんの方 (@zodos666) August 3, 2019
ネコジラ = Catzilla
How to describe the after(math) of something in Japanese
その後 or その後 is pretty straightforward and can be translated as “after that,” “afterward” or “thereafter.”
その後すぐに寝ました。= I fell asleep right away after that.
Depending on the context, the phrase can also mean “and then” with the nuance of a logical consequence between what happened and what follows.
In this sense, その後 is a synonym for それで a phrase you’ll use to stress the reasons for a particular situation.
それで, どうなったんだ？= And then, what happened?
|街並み||machinami||street with houses/shops (town)|
|及ぶ:||oyobu||reach, amount to|
|御座います||gozaimasu||exist (very polite)|
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