Kyoto illusion design

"The twenty-five bosatsu"*

Bosatsu appear to approach us.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2004 (June 19)

*Bosatsu are kinds of gods. It is believed that they (25 bosatsu) come to our world from their world to save all of us.


Each leave appears to rotate a little.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2004 (May 16)

*kind of maple --- pictures


Bamboo pieces appear to sway right and left. See a shishiodoshi. Hear a shishiodoshi.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2004 (May 6)

"Cherry blossums and a stream"

Petals of cherry blossums appear to fall on a stream.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2004 (April 30)

"Miyabi na kaiten"*

*rotation of Kyoto-like design

Umbrellas appear to rotate.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2004 (February 19)

"Welcome to Kyoto"

Ogi (pie slices) appear to move.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2004 (January 24)

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*A traditional wavy pattern. Seigaiha appears to rise.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2003

"Thunder and lightening"

Illusory lines are seen along dots and glare. Dots are aligned radially, but they do not appear so.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2003

"A byobu*"

*kind of movable barrier in a Japanese room

Smooth retinal slips in horizontal directions generate vertical motion perception in every other row.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2002


Cross-fuse the two blue dots, then you will see two layers in depth and the figure appears to be a transparent river with leaves of autumn color.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2002

"Bamboos of Sagano"

The light green and dark green shown in oblique lines are identical to each other. The figure appears to tilt clockwise.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2002

Bamboos of Sagano (in preparation)

"A clapperboard"

(Kyoto is the birthplace of Japanese movies)

Gratings appear to move.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2000

Makino Shozo, the first director of Japanese movies

"Shijo-dori Boogie-Woogie"*

*Shijo-dori is the main street of Kyoto.

This work was motivated by the Gion-matsuri, one of the biggest festivals held in summer in Kyoto. This figure includes a bit of anomalous motion illusion, color illusion and visual phantom illusion.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2002

(c)Akiyoshi Kitaoka "Trick eyes" Tokyo: KANZEN 2002

Motion illusion --- Color illusion --- Visual phantom illusion


*kind of kimono for women (kimono is a Japanese cloth)

Part of this figure appears to move.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2002


*a kind of umbrella

The inside red appears to be purple-red.

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"Autumn color wave"

The figure looks wavy.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2002

(c)Akiyoshi Kitaoka "Trick eyes" Tokyo: KANZEN 2002


*Japanese powdered green tea

Each row appears to move in the horizontal direction.

(c)Akiyoshi Kitaoka "Trick eyes" Tokyo: KANZEN 2002

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2002


*Fortune slips

The figure appears to bulge out, though this figure consists of vertical and horizontal components.

Copyright A.Kitaoka 2002

(c)Akiyoshi Kitaoka "Trick eyes" Tokyo: KANZEN 2002

Pictures of Kyoto

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