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Japanese Paper Puppets Transform with a Tap

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Japanese designer Haruki Nakamura takes the centuries-old Japanese art of karakuri (meaning “mechanized” or “trick”), usually used to make automatically moving puppets or dolls, and brings it to the realm of paper. Just take a look at some of the amazing animals he’s created:

First up, a sheep in wolf’s clothing. The mechanization using only paper is really impressive.

Next is the surprised octopus.

A surprised armadillo is both cute and comical.

Is this what happened to the sheep in wolf’s clothing we saw earlier, once the wolves found out she wasn’t actually one of them?

And lastly, zombies may not be animals, but these “zombie dominoes” are too cool not to include.

If you want to see more of Haruki Nakamura’s karakuri videos, be sure to check out his YouTube channel. He also uploads tutorial videos on how to make the puppets yourself and sells completed versions on his website, so if you want to try some out yourself there’s plenty of ways to go about it.

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