Sweet Selfies On A Stick

This is the owner!

There’s a little shop near Sendagi Station called Amezaiku-ya where you can order the ultimate sweet selfie! Most often commissioned for wedding cake toppers, all the resident artists need is a photo and a little time to craft a mini-you out of sugar.

The portraits are too complicated to make while you wait, but if you’d like to watch how it’s done (and take pictures)…

… just choose a design off this handy menu, and the artist will make it for you right in front of your eyes!

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But that’s not all they make! If you’re in a hurry, you can buy an adorable candy that looks just like your very own doglet, a mythical phoenix or nine-tailed fox, a cute bunny character…

…or the ultimate edible disguise.

They’ve also got a full line of zodiac animals and cute pets, a New Year’s gift that won’t break the bank and never fails to delight

This kind of candy sculpting is a very old Japanese art, and even though they make it look way easy, it takes about two years for apprentices to learn how to do it. If you’d like to try it yourself, there’s a workshop where you can attempt to make them, over in Asakusa.

If you’d like to visit Amezaiku-ya the next time you’re in Tokyo, there’s a map on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

When not failing at making lollipops, Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo

When Detective Kenji Nakamura’s phone rings with the news that his mother’s death wasn’t an accident, his life begins to unravel…read more

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