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10 Magnificent Cityscapes Carved Out Of Plain White Paper

 In the Shinto religion, white paper, or 'kami', is considered a sacred material, as the same word also means 'spirit', 'divinity', and 'God' in Japanese. That is why white paper always had a special meaning in traditional Japanese culture, and the art of cutting intricate designs out of white paper, in particular, is a sacred art and tradition in Japan. Ayumi Shibata, a Japanese artist, has mastered this ancient art. She creates the most intricate paper carvings we've ever seen - entire cities and landscapes that can fit in the palm of your hand or in a glass jar. The delicate and unbelievably precise beauty of these 10 stunning artworks is sure to astound you!  
We invite you to see more of the artist's works by visiting her Website or Instagram Page.

1. “Museum Mile Book”

Ayumi Shibata Paper Cutting Art “Museum Mile Book”

2. "Volcano Book"

Ayumi Shibata Paper Cutting Art ‘Volcano Book”

3. “In the Jar Bush”

Ayumi Shibata Paper Cutting Art “In the Jar Bush”

4. “In the Jar Corridors of Time”

Ayumi Shibata Paper Cutting Art “In the Jar Corridors of Time”
5. “Forest of Kami”
Ayumi Shibata Paper Cutting Art "forest of Kami"

6. "Memory of the Stars"

Ayumi Shibata Paper Cutting Art "Memory of the Stars"

7. “In the Jar Drop of Bush” (right)

Ayumi Shibata Paper Cutting Art “In the Jar Drop of Bush”

8. "In the Jar (City of Moon)"

Ayumi Shibata Paper Cutting Art "In the Jar City of Moon"

9. “Voyager Book”

Ayumi Shibata Paper Cutting Art “Voyager Book”

10. “Forest of Kami” (close up)

Ayumi Shibata Paper Cutting Art “Forest of Kami”
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