Source: © TAO Happy Cats, Coffee Shops and Carefree Times in TAO’s Cheerful and Nostalgic Illustrations 2018-07-05 Thu 2018-07-05 Thu As she explains on her Tumblr profile, Sapporo-based illustrator TAO is particularly fond of cats, Showa Era things, and sneakers. With their cheerful tone and kawaii characters enjoying relaxing moments, coffee mug in hand, her artwork will surely put a smile on your face or dispel any clouds hanging over your head. Her most recent illustration perfectly encapsulates the feel-good, relaxing mood and Showa Era nostalgia that characterizes much of her work: Source:© TAO Title: "ねこカフェ市電 (Cat cafe municipal tram)" Perhaps inspired by cat cafe train events such as this one by Yoro Railways in Gifu Prefecture, TAO imagines a municipal streetcar, the likes of which were very common in the Showa Era but have become very scarce today, turned into a cat cafe serving old-fashioned siphon coffee. Endearing little details abound in the picture. In addition to signs such as "Coffee: 250 JPY / cup," "Free refills," "Cat snacks: 100 JPY," and "Please take one" next to a container of cat teaser toys, there's also an advertisement which says: "New: Tasty cat canned food which you can eat together with cats!" Source:© TAO Title: "猫のいる喫茶店 (Coffee shop with cats)" The happy, relaxed mood and the cute cats are an obvious plus, but the nostalgia factor can largely be attributed to the cocktail table mahjong video game. Previously a fixture in most Japanese coffee shops, they're all but extinct. If you're lucky and know where to look, you'll find one at long-established coffee shops like Mine in Toyocho, Tokyo. #喫茶峰 #東陽町 #麻雀テーブル #麻雀ゲームテーブル #チャレンジガール #もう動かない #コーヒーの店峰 #東陽町ランチ #レトロ喫茶 #coffeepub #峰 #ミネにゃん #retrocafe #toyocho #lunch #mahjongtable acoさん(@acokiiro)がシェアした投稿 - 2018年 3月月24日午前12時12分PDT Source:© TAO Title: "らんちゅうとは (What is a ranchu)" A ranchu is a highly-regarded fancy Japanese goldfish, and apparently the object of this girl's curiosity as she enjoys a moment in a charming little aquarium / library. Whether a figment of the artist's imagination or based on a real place in her native Sapporo, it looks like it would be a wonderful place to visit and spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon. Let's take a look at a few more of her illustrations... Source:© TAO Title: "虹 (rainbow)" Source:© TAO Title: "いつもと違う道 (A different path than usual)" Source:© TAO Title: "ひとやすみ (A short rest)" Source:© TAO Title: "色が増す夜 (Night becomes more colorful)" Music also appears as a theme in TAO's artwork. She not only enjoys listening to music but also contributes art for album covers and music videos Source:© TAO Title: "▶再生 (▶Play)" Musical Collaborations TAO has an ongoing collaboration with kawaii futurebass track maker Matsushima, contributing artwork for his music videos posted on video sharing site Nico Nico Douga: Source:© TAO Original artwork, music video for Vocaloid song パステルフィルター (Pastel Filter) (Volcaoid 4 Otomachi Una) パステルフィルター／音街ウナ Source:© TAO Original artwork, music video for Vocaloid song ティラミスの思い出 (Memories of tiramisu) (Volcaoid 4 Otomachi Una) 思い出ティラミス／音街ウナ If you'd like to see more of TAO's artwork, you can follow her on Tumblr, where she also posts making videos and production notes for the benefit of other artists, or on Pixiv and her Twitter account. You can buy iPhone cases featuring her illustrations on her online shop here. Also, if you'd like to support her art, you can sign up at her Pixiv Fanbox page. By - Ben K. Source:© Tumblr / © TAO / @tao15102 / © pixiv / © TAO / © pixiv / © TAO / © pixiv / © TAO Tags: Art / Cat Cafe Train / Cats / Illustration / Illustrator / Japanese Artist / Kawaii / nostalgia / Otomachi Una / Showa Era / TAO / Vocaloid grape Japan Art Happy Cats, Coffee Shops and Carefree Times in TAO’s Cheerful and Nostalgic Illustrations Related Article Japanese Illustrator Suzushiro Puts Maids on Skateboards And We Can’t Complain The Absolutely Stunning Aqua-Art Of Hidetomo Kimura: Goldfish Have Never Looked This Good Masayuki Oki’s Desperate Cats Photo Series Now Available as Miscellaneous Items Japanese Railway Uses Ukiyo-e Style Posters To Teach Train Etiquette Japanese Paper Cutting Artist Creates Magic With Just A Knife And His Creativity What Is Special About This Picture? The Skill That’s Gone Into This Is Amazing!