When looking at the incredibly detailed sculptures Toshihiko Hosaka, it is hard to believe that they are made of sandy beach grainy, not a kind of clay. But it only uses sand, talent and 20 years of experience.

Hosaka, 43, has been making sand sculptures since I was in school and has been honing his skills for over two decades. Today he is able to create masterpieces on a large scale without molds or stickers, just the simple sand and a handful of metal sculpture tools. Spending hours, sometimes several days carving piles of wet sand, but the result is always impressive.

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