Restaurant Food Models

【Photo by Yuri Suzuki】 It looks like real food! A unique Japanese custom Japanese restaurants most often will display many of their menu items in front of their restaurant. The food is not real, but part of the Japanese custom of displaying dishes of imitation food in order to entice people to dine at that particular restaurant. Another reason for this is very beneficial to the foreign tourist in that, it allows people to get a better understanding of what the food is, even if one cannot read the menu. This ‘food modeling’ can be traced back as long as 100 years ago and the idea is original to Japan. […]

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sample01【Photo by Yuri Suzuki】

It looks like real food! A unique Japanese custom

Japanese restaurants most often will display many of their menu items in front of their restaurant. The food is not real, but part of the Japanese custom of displaying dishes of imitation food in order to entice people to dine at that particular restaurant. Another reason for this is very beneficial to the foreign tourist in that, it allows people to get a better understanding of what the food is, even if one cannot read the menu.
This ‘food modeling’ can be traced back as long as 100 years ago and the idea is original to Japan.

Artisans who create these food models are highly experienced and it is common for them to keep their techniques in secrecy. Recently, the hands on experience has become available at food replica studios allowing visitors to make such food models as pizza, sunny side eggs, fried shrimp, and various vegetables.
If you visit souvenir shops in Japan you will likely see various small items such as key chains and USB drives made with a food model. It’s a great souvenir to commemorate your visit to Japan!

【writer Aquico】

sample02【Photo by Yuri Suzuki】

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