Need a pick-me-up this Monday morning? Check out this imaginative and adorable latte art being made by baristas in Japan.
NPR talked to two Japanese baristas who share daily photos of their ephemeral works of espresso art on the web. From anime characters to angry cats, the latte art by Kazuki Yamamoto and Kohei Matsuno is much more intricate than the usual milk-foam flower — and a lot more fun.
Why spend time creating such detailed images with such an impermanent medium? NPR asked noted design philosopher Leonard Koren for his thoughts.
He pointed me to two Japanese concepts — wabi-sabi and mono-no-aware — both of which hold, in part, that "many things are beautiful precisely because they are short-lived and fragile."
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Which may be why these baristas are compelled to snap photos of these tiny works of art before they disappear.
Check Out More Latte Art:
→ Kazuki Yamamoto on Twitter→ Kohei Matsuno on Twitter
(Images: Kazuki Yamamoto)