On April 20, 2011, art director and photographer Tatsuya Tanaka created the Miniature Calendar as a way to craft scenes for his diorama dolls. Since that time, the calendar has taken a life of its own and Tanaka has kept up, using common household items and food to create intricate, beautiful and humorous miniature dioramas for every day of the year. Tanaka explained to designboom how he came up with the idea.
the idea came from a comment on instagram, in which a follower wrote, ‘I want to see the miniature calendar everyday‘. so, while I answered by posting something daily, the thought of the project was too good for me to quit. I find a lot of joy in continuing to make the miniature calendar, I haven’t thought about stopping anymore. in the early days, I created these scenes for the purposes of photographing my collection of diorama dolls, but after a while I found it interesting to express ‘likening one thing to another’; and now I have found my style at present.
images via Miniature Calendar