Meet Yuki Tatsumi and his cool collection of paper chopsticks. It all began when Yuki worked as a waiter and one day while he was cleaning up a table he noticed that the customer left a paper chopstick sleeve folded into a cool shape.
In Japan it is not a costume to leave a tip, so Yuki liked to imagine that this was his little tip left by customers, even in a subconscious way. He noticed a lot of people were doing these little paper chopstick art pieces and leaving them, so he began collecting them and in time it turned into the art project called Japanese Tip.
Over the years, Tatsumi has been collecting these Japanese Tips by picking them up by himself and even reaching out to restaurants all over Japan and asking them to keep the paper sleeves and send them to him. To his surprise most of the businesses are happy to do so. Since 2012 he was able to collect over 13,000 paper sculptures that are both silly and ugly, to little pieces of genius art.
It all came together when Yuki decided to form an exhibition in Tokyo where he displayed 8,000 of his best Japanese Tips from all of the 47 prefectures around Japan.
” Japanese Tip is a project between restaurants and customers, to communicate the appreciation for food and appreciation of the service by using the most common material used at any Japanese restaurant ”
All images by Yuki Tatsumi