A few days ago I was climbing the escalators in the hated Skytree* in search of the Sumidagawa Aquarium, and was stopped in my tracks by this.
An exhibition of fake food art! Best. Idea. Ever.
All the art in this exhibit was made by the veteran food model experts at the Iwasaki Bei company. Apparently, they have a contest each year, rewarding the most creative entries dreamed up by the guys whose day job is to crank out all those ramen bowls and sushi platters you see in Japanese restaurant windows. (Mr. Iwasaki was apparently the inventor of food models–wouldn’t that be the most awesome thing ever to have on your resume? More on him here!)
* Skytree is the towering attraction whose only good point is that you can get a sweeping view of Tokyo without Skytree in it. I turned against it after paying twenty bucks for an elevator ride to the observation deck, just to see this.)
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