KIMURA yoshinobu

Photo Manipulation - Japan
There is a huge playground between reality and fiction. If you take a peek into the gap between reality and miniature, a mysterious world opens up before you.



  • Ninja Girl Hibari

    Hibari-chan appears in Senran Kagura, an action video game for the 3DS and PS Vita that has also been made into an anime series. It takes places in Asakusa, Tokyo, so in order to recreate the atmosphere, I went to Asakusa to take photos and used them here. Lined with small shops, the mixed and Asian Asakusa is yet another face of Tokyo.

    This photo was taken with a 75mm lens. Using this lens, the background won't get blurry even if shot normally. After taking the photo, I increased the contrast of the focus using Photoshop to make the real landscape look miniature. When a miniature figure and a miniature-like landscape are brought together, this mysterious world appears. The figure, made by Phat Company, is of the character Hibari-chan. It captures her warmness and softness very well.

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  • Nyaruko Appears in Akihabara

    This is of Nyaruko landing in front of Yodobashi Akiba, Akihabara. Such a place suits a genuine otaku like Nyaruko very well. The high windows near Akihabara Station Line 5 were open, so I stretched out and took this photo, which became the background.

    It seems that pictures taken from higher places make better material for miniature-like backgrounds. Later, I processed it in Photoshop, and I obscured it in proportion to the distance from the place it was taken. I used Max Factory's figma Nyaruko as the figure. It is small, but it has a rich facial expression and it captures Nyaruko very well. In order to make it look like she is landing, I put some padding under her skirt and the ribbon on her waist, making it swell.

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  • Hatsune Miku with Fireflies

    I tried to combine Hatsune Miku with a fantastic, rural night scenery with fireflies dancing around. The figure I used was the Hatsune Miku Nendoroid Yukata Ver. A yukata is a type of kimono; it’s casual clothing worn during the hot summer. Even today, women often wear it to festivals and fireworks displays; it’s very attractive. Yukata also suits the Nendroid Hatsune Miku, making it into a very cute figure.

    This picture looks as if it was taken at night, but I actually took it a rice paddy in the daytime. Afterward, I processed it in Photoshop to make it look like a night scene. After that, I added some blur proportionate to the distance and added the fireflies with retouching (in other words, the whole thing is fake). I hope to take real photos of fireflies someday.

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  • Giantess: Madoka and Homura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

    This is an image I created thinking about miniature sets, a kind of special effect often used in older Japanese movies. Today, it is easy to do this with visual effects, but back in the old days, they did it by building a model from miniatures and crushing it with the monster.

    The part at the center of the picture where the spotlight hits isn't real, of course. I made it by combining two photos taken at the same place near the Tokyo Tower, one of them taken at night and the other taken in direct sunlight.

    I had to use quite a bit of fine manipulation on the background for it to look like a miniature. Can you notice the Tokyo Tower and the part behind it is blurred in a different way? The other buildings as well, depending on the distance, are subtly blurred more or less. In my opinion, the recognition of these small differences accumulated gives a fake scenery persuasive power. I used Max Factory's figma Kaname Madoka and Akemi Homura.

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About Me

KIMURA yoshinobu

Photo Manipulation / Japan

My motivation was to express the images in my head in the form of pictures. From around 2000, I started making simple composite images on the computer.

For my models, I use all sorts of things including dolls, monsters, military, and bishoujo figures. When I can't shoot the scenery I want, I either piece it together from other pictures or, in the case of hard to shoot pictures such as mountains at daybreak or snow-covered mountains, I use 3D CG, which further expands the range of my work.

Also, I was deeply impressed by miniature pictures taken with a tilt shift lens, so I devised a way to manipulate photos to look miniature-like using Photoshop. I can say I devised it, but maybe it was just too bothersome for others to use. To this miniature-like world, I add a figure, which is already miniature. This creates a mysterious photo where it's hard to tell whether it's real or fake. That is what I enjoy so much, and I would also like the people who look at my photos to enjoy it as well.


  • NameKIMURA yoshinobu
  • GenrePhoto Manipulation
  • GenderMale
  • Date of Birth12/19
  • Height167 cm
  • Blood TypeA
  • Zodiac SignSagittarius
  • Years Active12
  • Area of ActivityTokyo
  • My Equipment

    Graphics editing program: Photoshop CS5Cameras: Sony SLT-A55VL, Sony DSC-RX100

The Interesting Part of Image Synthesis

In a way, image synthesis is like a puzzle game, where you know what the outcome should be, but you are not shown how you should achieve it. What makes the creation of composite images so interesting is the challenge you face when you are trying to make the perfect synthesis, whether or not you are able to find the way to make it so.

The strange thing is, an image might look perfect after finishing, but when I look at it three days later, I find something weird. Looking at it a month later, I may feel something else is out of place. It often happens that even though I know something is wrong, I don't know where that feeling originates from, and I can't fix it even if I want to. I never arrive at the perfect solution! But then again, that only adds to it’s charm.

Favorites 1

Favorite Works - Mechanics

Favorites 2

Favorite Works - Figures

Main Work

Published Main Works

Work published on two opposite pages in Enterbrain’s “Gianism DX” (released on March 10, 2012)
Interview published on two opposite pages in Enterbrain’s “Gianism Vol. 4” (released on Sept. 29, 2012)
Miniaturized image of the venue in the brochure on two opposite pages in “BGM Festival Vol.1”
Two works published in ASCII Media Works’ “Dengeki Hobby Magazine June 2012”
Work featuring Misaka Mikoto and Shirai Kuroko published in ASCII Media Works’ “Dengeki Hobby Magazine Dec 2010”
Work featuring RG 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam published on two opposite pages in ASCII Media Works’ “Dengeki Hobby Magazine Nov 2010”
There are also a few other publications.
Kaiyodo Revoltech Saber photo in World Photo Press’ “Figure King No.110”
Participated in writing ASCII Corporation Digirama Synthesis Techniques