Tag Archives: food model

October 11

Japanese Food Styling Gone Wrong

Okay, as you know, I’ve long been fascinated with Japanese menu depictions of hot dogs, because they can’t seem to resist making them look a little, er, over-eager. But don’t you agree that these take hot dog styling to a whole new level? I mean, how do you even EAT these? They look  like scale models for […]

September 08

Potatosaurus Rex

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, […]

July 12

Make Your Own Plastic Food…At Home!

Okay, as the self-diagnosed Queen of Fail when it comes to Japanese crafts (remember the “rabbit” from the animal lollipops workshop?), I was pretty sure that any fake food I made without the experts at the Make Your Own Plastic Food Workshop would look more like something from the compost bin than a reputable kitchen. But so many people told me they were dying […]

September 26

Hey, It’s Sushi O’Clock!

Best. Purchase. Ever. How many ways do I love Kappabashi, the street where Tokyo restaurants go to shop? If you’d like to visit Kappabashi Street  the next time you’re in Tokyo – where you can make your own plastic food, buy half-price dinosaur heads and nyan-tastic cat teapots –  directions & maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I […]

August 07

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Moves On To Cooking

If only I could instruct various ingredients to assemble themselves into yum-looking dishes like this with a wave of my magic wand! (Hint, hint, Xmas wish list: MAGIC WAND) Saw these at the plastic food model store where I learned how to make tempura and lettuce last December. And in case you’re wondering about the […]

December 20

Make Your Own Plastic Food!

Last week I jumped at the chance to visit a place that makes fake food models for Japanese restaurants and learn the secrets of making tempura and lettuce! Making fake lettuce is so much easier than making real lettuce. No need to acquire the superpower to create life, no need to construct a carefully balanced […]

December 15

Giant Prowling Shrimp

Was walking along the sidewalk today and suddenly there was this giant shrimp. It was outside one of the stores that sell the super-realistic plastic food models you see in restaurant windows. Inside the store were more weird delights. • Read a novel set in Tokyo…