“Japanese Tip” is an art project by Yuki Tatsumi made up of thousands of paper sculptures made from the sleeves used to wrap chopsticks at restaurants. Having worked as a waiter, Tatsumi noticed customers would often fold the tiny bits of paper into intricate miniature artworks.
The custom of tipping doesn’t exist in Japanese culture but Tatsumi took these origamic offerings as a subconscious show of appreciation. In addition to saving ones he came across on his own, he also reached out to other restaurants, requesting their “tips.” Tatsumi has collected over 13, 000 and a selection of 8, 000 was recently exhibited in Tokyo. See more images below or on his website Japanese Tip!
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