Tiny Aesthetics

Japan's Path to Global Artisan

A unique combination of aesthetics and dexterity make "smaller is better" a Japanese mantra - The Japanese "taste for tiny" has led to increasingly smaller objects with ever-increasing functionality. Hear from the creators about the dreams and sensibilities of the boundless world of the small.

A 3D puzzle cube, made in Japan, can rest on a fingertip - with length, width and height of just 0.99 centimeters. The cube is a functional toy, with parts identical to its full-sized counterpart. The cube was created by Saito Kiyokazu, who aims to add value to the field of machining while encouraging innovation, and ultimately, to revitalize Japan's manufacturing industry. Find out about Mr. Saito's latest creations, as he continues his pursuit of very big dreams for very small things.