The Japanese clearly never took the order “don’t play with your food” very seriously, and we’re very glad that they didn’t! Because, through playing with their food, they’ve perfected the practice of various forms of food art.
Similar to Kyraben, Oekakiben is when food in a bento box is arranged to look like scenery, animals, buildings or people.
Amezaiku artists fashion melted taffy into a sculpture using their hands and scissors. The sculptures are often intricate animal figures. Amezaiku sculptures were originally offered to Gods in temples during the Edo period and then became popular throughout Japan when crowds gathered to watch street performers practice Amezaiku.
Mukimono is when one carves images into fruits and vegetables or carves the produce itself to create pleasing shapes such as flowers or animals.
This is a sweet that is made and sold as a souvenir. Many regions in Japan have their own unique versions of miyagegashi.
7) Fake Food
While the name may leave you dubious about whether this practice is an art, let us assure you that it is. Whole livelihoods are devoted to fashioning food out of plastic to resemble actual dishes. These are then displayed in restaurants to show customers life like versions of what they’re ordering.
Hochodo is the traditional art of filleting a fish without using ones hands. The fish is filleted using a knife and a pair of chopsticks. The art can be seen at some temples in Japan, or at culinary festivals.
9) Sushi Art
Sushi art is not the most traditional practice, but it is adorable! Rolls of sushi are constructed to resemble a character, an animal or a scene.
Kakigori is a shaved ice dessert; a popular street snack, where the vendor shaves chips of a block of ice. It’s fascinating to watch!