A Tasty Treat to the Eyes – The Sage of Japanese Display Food

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Isn’t it good enough to eat a dish before you actually taste it through your mouth? Yes, that is the excellence of Japanese people as they have invented the great art of Japanese prop food, commonly known as sampuru in Japan. You can call it a little magic of Japanese kitchen.

Just imagine the scenes such as green goop transforming into the head of lettuce, a ‘cooked’ mackerel dish that has never gone through a grill or the tempting dish of sushi that appeals numerous food-lovers for years… What is the secret behind them?

These are all the innovativeness of the Japanese people in producing display fake foods. Known as the food capital of Japan, Osaka is also famous as the center of display fake food where you will find different types of Japanese dishes both traditional and contemporary and famous dishes around the world. Of course, these dishes are available in real, but before that, you will be able to taste them through your eyes by viewing fake food of Japan.

Are you pondering over where to find these fake foods? These fake foods are so common in Japan that you can find them everywhere, in the street shops, in department stores, in underground shopping areas, in shopping malls and in all the touristy places.

The great significance of these fake display foods is that they help to overcome the language barrier. For more than 100 years, Japanese have been using this prop food to communicate with the people who don’t know Japanese language and therefore cannot make out the menu card in the Japanese restaurants. This realistic food is truly helpful for using as the advertising tool across the country that are immensely used by the restaurants for demonstrating the look, portion size and ingredients of the food and are displayed in order to allure the customers.

The manufacturing of these fake foods are so popular art of Japan that a large number of artists are engaged in this fake food industry and you can find them in the physical shops as well as online. Several online stores offers the customers to deliver the exactly replica food as you cook them at home or in the restaurants which are often more attractive in looks than the real foods.

If you want to go towards the root of wax food, you would find that since the introduction of Western-style dishes in Japan, the Japanese felt the importance of food display that would explain the food before the customers who were unfamiliar with them. Now it has become so popular art in Japan that different other countries such as China and South Korea have also adopted this art and manufacturing artificial food props. However, no other countries can compete with Japanese fake food in terms of craftsmanship and perfection.

Even in this machine age, Japanese manufacture each piece of these fake food props manually as they believe that the perfection they can provide in hand-crafted foods, machines cannot give so realistic looks. That’s why along with plastic they also use polyvinyl chloride, urethane and other ingredients to look best and these foods remains for several years as these are unaffected by temperature and other components of the weather.


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