It’s a given that life has a bottomless stock of awkward moments for us to experience. But we tend to forget that we’re all human, and a lot of what we go through are relatable to the vast majority of people just trying to live their lives. A Japanese illustrator who goes by the pseudonym Yamada Zenjidou, creates these simple yet adorable illustrations that depict that very moment when things get awkward.
Yamada’s draws his illustrations in an anachronistic ukiyo-e woodblock print-style and accompanies them with relatable haikus written next to them. Though a web designer by day, in his free time the Fukuoka-based artist conjures up his alter ego Yamada Zenjidou, a haiku poet from the Bakumatsu-Meiji period living in a modernized society. Using the voice of Yamada, he creates artwork reminiscent of traditional Japanese art that humorously reflects on the everyday woes of current times.