November 2 - An Instagram Hit - in Motion!

Posted on November 2, 2018

Today is the anniversary of Japanese chef / food carver Takehiro Kishimoto first taking his hit Instagram photos into the realm of animation.

With the Instagram name gakugakugakugakugaku1,  Kishimoto had already been thrilling his followers with his amazing carvings, which he says are his versions of traditional Thai carvings. 

Kishimoto had been turning apples into gorgeous flowers and cantaloupes into mysterious treasure balls, plus wielding his Exacto knife on foods as varied as sushi and tomatoes and carrots and broccoli and cauliflower and avocados and and and...

But on this date in 2016, Kishimoto decided to do a simple animation as a birthday tribute.

This is a screenshot of the 11/2/16 animation
"gaku carving" posted on Instagram.
The way Instagram gives feedback is by number of Likes and number of Followers. I don't think that there is a way of guessing how many people look at your Instagram posts unless they decide to hit the "Like" heart, or follow you, or both.

But when you post a video - even a stop-action animation video like the one Kishimoto did, all of a sudden you see how many views your video had. And all of a sudden, perhaps, you see just how many people are looking at your posts!

Because, with that first simple, non-spectacular animation, Kishimoto went from hundreds of likes to tens of thousands of views!

Inspired, perhaps, by that experience, two days later Kishimoto was back with another animation - this time carving soap! - and by November 22 he thought of a really clever animation:

Check out some more beautiful photos:

And here is one of his videos.

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