Yasushi Koyama is a Japanese artist, living and working in Helsinki, Finland. He creates animal sculptures from wood and ceramics. Koyama´s expressive figures are described “cute, innocent and humorous”. Finnish design & illustration, Finnish artists Katja Tukiainen & Kim Simonsson, and Finnish cartoon Moomin have inspired him. Similarly, the Japanese Manga, Anime, Yoshitomo Nara´s Neo-pop art and traditional wood sculptures have also strongly influenced on his artistic language. Koyama`s public art of large animal wood sculptures are able to touch and hug to give happiness, participation and social inclusion.