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This Tokyo speed sketcher is taking Instagram to the next level

And is revealing the heart of Japan at the same time.

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When he's not making a living, Tokyo-based illustrator Hama-House is in the business of making Instagram gold

Hama-House goes around the city making speed sketches of people he runs into — commuters, musicians and café dwellers. He quickly sketches an outline and then fills in a few details. When he's done, he holds the sketch up against the actual scene and takes an Instagram shot.

The overall effect is vivid and immediate. Hama-House really takes you there, so you can see what he sees in real time. Check it out:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/140217/tokyo-speed-sketcher-takes-instagram-the-next-level