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OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-

FEATURE PRODUCT

OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-

¥10,000

What’s「OMOSHIROI BLOCK」

Over time, a miniature Japanese scene
slowly shows up on your desk.

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You can experience and enjoy a feeling to travel to Japan even while you are sitting at your own desk at home

This sophisticated technology precisely condenses Japanese beauty into a small memo pad.

A miniaturized version of the vast fantasy world.

A seemingly ordinary memo pad transforms into an exquisite paper craft.Amusement and beauty are condensed into this tiny item.

What starts out as just a square memo pad, reveals an exquisite Japanese architecture or a specialty theme by removing the pages one at a time.
This is “OMOSHIROI BLOCK” created/produced by Triad Inc.It became extremely popular in Japan and overseas after its release and it has won many famous awards for product and design.

“OMOSHIROI” usually means funny or interesting when directly translated. However, “OMOSHIROI” created by this company includes a lot of meanings such as wonderment and deep emotion like “amazing”, “incredible”, “awesome” or “cool”. It is truly one of their masterpieces.How would you like to enjoy an imaginary trip to Japan by looking at elaborately reproduced Japanese architecture on your desk when you get tired of work or just need a quick get away?

The idea became a reality with the help of advanced technology and a strong commitment to making it come true.Its looks and use are both of the highest quality.

The papers are cut by a laser and piled based on the precise drawing and reproduced details of the beauty of Japanese architecture and designs.

Triad Inc care about the impression of the memo pads as a tool that you use every day. They collaborated with a Japanese paper company and succeeded to develop the highest quality papers. It is also constructed individually by hand.

The paper tears off easily, however as the highest quality of Japanese paper made by a Japanese paper company is used, the final diorama keeps its shape. Also please enjoy the experience of feeling the strong texture of paper and the sharp clicking sound when you tear off each sheet.

This is THE original and only product made by these techniques of traditional art works, free-flowing thoughts, with the designer and the craftworker’s commitment to it.

What a wonderful idea! The design is made a reality by using up the memo sheets.One tip to maximize enjoyment is to slowly use one sheet at a time.

When making a model of something, it is normal to add each part piece by piece, however the exact opposite is true for “OMOSHIROI BLOCK”. As you use each the memo sheet, a new creation unfolds before your eyes. It`s truly an unbelievable experience.

However, it is a waste just to see the final form, therefore patience is a virtue.“OMOSHIROI BLOCK” is very particular about that. The colors and designs have a wide variety so that you can maximize enjoyment when using each sheet.

We would like you to use each sheet one by one without rushing and enjoy the change of appearance of “OMOSHIROI BLOCK” over time. It is better to spend plenty of time on using it as you will have more fun and excitement when it is completed. You would experience the feeling when creating a model.

Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

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Do you know of the Japanese traditional culture “bonsai”?

It is similar to the view of the world of an elaborate miniature “OMOSHIROI BLOCK”.“Bonsai” is one of the gardening cultures that has been around since ancient times in Japan.“Bonsai” is the art of creating a miniature world reminiscent of big or old trees in nature in a small pot.One trick of enjoying bonsai is to imagine yourself standing in a pot as a miniature person. You can experience the magnificent feeling of nature in the small pot world.

It creates an infinite space by devising how to maximize use of the compact space. In addition, you can experience another world in bonsai by changing your perspective. Bonsai have a taste of “zen” which teaches you refreshment of the heart, with its particular way to enjoyment.

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Interview

Bringing "happiness" and "living" created by "OMOSHIROI" to the world.

We interviewed the developers about their thoughts and stories of the product.

Please tell us about the background of the birth of “OMOSHIROI BLOCK”.

Ordinally, we started this company to produce mainly architectural models. Then our challenge began with wondering whether we could deliver it to more people to convey its great points by utilizing the technology of making models.
For example, when making a model mountain, we use many high-quality papers and layer many papers into a pile, then use our cutting-edge laser technology to make a three-dimensional shape.Based on this technology, we discussed what kind of goods we could make within our company. When we thought about something to be used by everyone, we came up with the form of memo pads.

Osaka Castle at prototype stage

 These ideas and stories are inserted into the memo pads to display the attraction of the final three-dimensional items.

Is there any difficulty in commercializing "OMOSHIROI BLOCK"?

The designer was worried about the "presentation" when making the three-dimensional item to maximize its attractiveness.There are limitations to the memo block. If the papers are not properly connected at the back, they may come off.However, we thought that we could use the limitations as a way to show the attractiveness of the three-dimensional item. We are still working on what motif looks most attractive.

What kind of special strength of the item should be made? We have various techniques; therefore, we try to scatter the leaves, or express the fine details of a stone wall properly. We care about those details.

In addition, we repeated to make several prototypes during development.If we made a product that was too complicated to process, the price would exceed 100,000 yen.That is not something that most customers would buy, so we tried to make a product with an affordable price that customers could buy while preserving the quality of the product. We have ended up with the current product by trial and error.

However, the members involved in the product are constantly studying, and every time are faced with new challenges, always have the idea of ​​"Can we try something new?”About the story for example, the design comes out of the ground little by little like an excavation site. When you remove each piece, it is very interesting and it gradually appears as if it is being dug up, so the fun of cutting out each piece one at a time is a definite addition to the product.It is also a key point to show off our skills and techniques.

It includes ingenuity and commitment that is similar to traditional crafts.The happiest reaction that we receive is to have people express the feeling of "Wow!" at the moment they see the final product.

Is there anything you would especially like people to see in terms of technical commitment and design?

It is also an important point for the possibility to express this uniqueness in the product using paper and laser. It is very interesting that it we can express a leaf or a building with only the difference of color of the paper.

If you wanted to make it easier to do, there are some parts that could be partially painted. However, we do not do that, we use only black and white paper and pile the paper alternately to express the appearance of the theme three-dimensionally. We think that the inquisitiveness and commitment of design and artisanship are very similar to traditional crafts.

One aspect that we were particular about, that we came up with by devising within the constraints, are also very interesting or appealing.In the case of Kaminarimon, Kanji characters are expressed in white and red. We thought that expression was very interesting.We hope that customers understand the creator's feeling that "I came up with something really interesting!" The happiest reaction that we receive is to have people express the feeling of "Wow!" at the moment they see the final product.This is difficult to convey even if explained. It is the most gratifying reaction for us to somehow make people feel "Wow!".

It is also important to realize the strong support from paper companies. We think that it is not the achievement of ourselves, but it is the achievement of the whole "manufacturing of Japan" including the companies that participated to create this wonderful product.

As a commitment, we still feel the fun of paper materials through making memo pads. We often contact and work with paper manufactures.The paper tears off easily, however as the highest quality of Japanese paper is used, the final diorama keeps its shape. Of course, we would like customers to use it as a memo pad, so it is important that the paper is "high quality" and not easily ruined.Rather than being disposable, we would like people to feel that they want to keep the memo pad’s paper.

We appreciate the support from our paper manufacturers. We think that our manufacturing as a whole includes, "The manufacturing in Japanese industry”.

Kanji made only by superimposing paper (Sensoji temple with the image below is the real thing)

Photo by Hoang Dang on Unsplash

What kind of enjoyment would you like to design from now on?

We think that "OMOSHIROI BLOCK" still has a lot of ideas that we have not discovered yet, so we would like to continue to challenge planning new products and surprise the world.We hope that customers around the world will enjoy a better life through the idea of “OMOSHIROI".We would like to build a new business with the word "OMOSHIROI " as the keyword or propose a new product. Please look forward to our future items.

They will continue to make people express the feeling of "Wow!" in the future too.

OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-

FEATURE PRODUCT

OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-

¥10,000
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-

OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Kyoto -Hana-

¥10,000
OMOSHIROI BLOCK(OSAKA CASTLE)
OMOSHIROI BLOCK(OSAKA CASTLE)
OMOSHIROI BLOCK(OSAKA CASTLE)
OMOSHIROI BLOCK(OSAKA CASTLE)
OMOSHIROI BLOCK(OSAKA CASTLE)
OMOSHIROI BLOCK(OSAKA CASTLE)

OMOSHIROI BLOCK(OSAKA CASTLE)

¥10,000
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Hokusai Katsushika
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Hokusai Katsushika
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Hokusai Katsushika
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Hokusai Katsushika
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Hokusai Katsushika
OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Hokusai Katsushika

OMOSHIROI BLOCK SHAPE Hokusai Katsushika

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