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Posted on December 30, 2016, at 6:56 a.m. ET

A 28-year-old from Japan has gone viral on Twitter thanks to his incredible coin stacking.

@thumb_tani / Via Twitter: @thumb_tani

Shunsuke Tani told BuzzFeed News that he started stacking around four years ago, when he tried balancing a 1 yen coin on top of a 10 yen coin.

指先にバランス芸の神様が宿った瞬間

Then a 500 yen coin with a 1 yen coin.

500円玉は刻みがあって重いから土台に向いてる。一円玉は軽くて厚みがあるから上に乗せるのに向いてる。俺みたいに暇でくだらないことが好きな人はチャレンジしてみてね。

And it just grew from there, with all of his creations now featured on his Twitter page @thumb_tani.

もっと作品増やして、「コインスタッキング」とかそれっぽい名前を付ければ一つのジャンルとして確立するかも…なんてね。

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こういうのって時が止まったみたいな不思議さが面白いと思いませんか? えっ、思わない?あっそう。

こんな物を新聞とかテレビで取り上げて頂いて、素直に嬉しいと思います。 同時に 「実は接着剤とCGでした☆テヘペロ」 なんて言ったらどうなるんだろうっていう暗い好奇心も湧いてきます。

Tani said that a difficult creation can take up to half an hour to create. Easier ones can be done in a few minutes.

@thumb_tani / Via Twitter: @thumb_tani

He said that a lot of his designs are shaped while he's building, and admits that he can find the structures frustrating.

@thumb_tani / Via Twitter: @thumb_tani
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"Yes, I do get irritated when I fail so many times, and sometimes I just give up," he said. "I ask myself why I'm doing this!"

@thumb_tani / Via Twitter: @thumb_tani

Tani said he's had a great reaction on Twitter, and would love to continue amazing his followers with bigger and bigger designs in the future.

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"It's funny, because there are many kinds of reactions such as 'Awesome', 'It's not nice to play with money', 'Isn't it glued, or CG?'" he said. "It's just something I do for fun, so I don't have any specific goal...but I'd like to create a larger work with a greater number of coins."

This post was translated from Japanese.

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