Have you ever heard of "Virtual Plein Air"? It is a term used to describe an act of creating art inspired by Google Street Views. Artists literally look for exciting or interesting places they can then use as a source for their illustrations. 

In today's article, we want to introduce you to an artist who got fascinated by Japanese houses she saw on Street Views and started painting them. Her name is Angela Hao and she is an illustrator based in the United States.  Even though she is far away from Japan, she manages to explore that country by simply using Google Street View. Not even the pandemic can stop her! She draws tiny, Studio Ghibli-like restaurants, shops and cafes that are so charming you might want to visit them. Which of these dreamy art pieces is the cutest?

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NuClea Bomb
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*holds up wad of monopoly money* Yes I'll buy this one

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Gingerfoxx
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

is the cat going to buy a soda or something?

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Jude
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one, too, appeals to me!

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Possibly my favorite so far, and not just for the kitties! If this is wisteria, it could cause damage to the building (I had one that did) but oh so incredibly beautiful in the spring!

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I adore Japanese bakeries! Incredible variety and delicious when fresh, or even days old!

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love this one! Kitty on the awning, the gate to the home in the back with a shaded walk - wonderful!

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dieter
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i love the detial of the wet boreds!..... wiat theres no cat!

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Jude
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Another one that's particularly pretty!

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This looks like an alleyway shop since it has the roll-up security gate for the upstairs apartment. I wish it had a kitty in the upstairs flowerbox;)

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The shadow layer on this one and sunset coloring really make it stand out!

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Restful morning before opening. LOVE the covered balconies on the sides as well:)

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mossymoss
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

im depressed i cant live in japan

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dieter
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

person "wheres this shop?" me "all the way north :)"

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great detail, especially the wiring everywhere and the elevated wraparound porch for flooding.

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kitties need coffee, saying "open. open. open";)

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cute kitty peeking under the tray stand:)

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now serving Ghibli coffee flavors Jiji & Totoro:)!

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Vasha
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

and vending machines everywhere in Japan!

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Must be the artist's studio since her name's on the sign;)

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Japanese honeysuckle trying to take over:)

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So cute! So like the real place: http://baton-group.com/shop-list/cobatopan/

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KC Lancaster
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kitty's got places to be - no time to stop at the store.

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Samuel Corbett
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such good clean lines for structure and an gorgeous Japanese obscurity. The cat may not always be home but the plants sure possess you.

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Especially beautiful colors and composition. Sunset too.

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So prettily executed. I especially like the plants on the roof.

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