Toshihiko Hosaka started making sand sculptures in artwork faculty and has been using beaches and sand containers as his canvas for nearly 20 years. His paintings defy what we typically think about as sand artwork as he sculpts and carves the unfastened, granular substance as if it were a few malleable shape of clay.

There’s no center, mildew or adhesive ever used throughout the technique: just sand. The best trick Hosaka makes use of (and that is commonly standard) is a hardening spray carried out to his sculpture only after it’s been finished, so one can prevent the wind and the sun from eroding it for some days.

Earlier this month Hosaka completed within the Fulong global Sand Sculpture art pageant together with 22 other worldwide professional sand sculptors. The subject for the contest became “Hero” and Hosaka spent 3 days sculpting a figure of Musashi Miyamoto, which was awarded the 1st prize on May 6. Hosaka depicted the 16th-century expert Japanese swordsman seated down in a relaxed function, the sword tucked under his belt.

The artist continues to be active in and around Japan. According to an interview, he’ll be at the Sakaide Minato Matsuri on May 18th creating a salt sculpture (which will go on view on the 27th). Then on July 15th, he’ll be at the Ishikarihama Sand Park. He’s also available for group workshops where he’ll teach you everything there is to know about sand sculpting.

In the ultimate display of pursuing perfection, Hosaka even collaborated with a Japanese chemical company to create his own environmentally friendly Sand Art Glue, that substance he uses to spray on his sculptures once they’re complete.