"I went a few times to Yokohama and looked for the remnants of the old port city I saw in the movie. There are some places, shops and streets that still have this unique atmosphere but a lot of the old Yokohama is gone. There is no trace left of the iconic street-car, wooden dock buildings, or channels busy with barges.
"I wanted to create an illustration series showing Yokohama as I see it in my head – a modern, lively city but with this nostalgic feel to it. Also, there is nothing better than a story ending with a hot-pot party on a chilly day!"
Make sure you watch the 'Making Of' video below, to see how this charming series came about. In the meantime, enjoy browsing through his gorgeous watercolour illustrations. Or visit mateuszurbanowicz.com.