The (In)edible Japanese Culinary Art: Faux Food


After seeing the display of Japanese fake food for the first time, your stomach and mind may find in a fix about the reality of them. Whether it is ramen or risotto, pizza or hamburger, the fake food props always look god enough to eat them and your illusion will be broken only when you will touch them and find them hard enough as plastic truth. These artificial food props are great to experience the creative artisanship of the manufacturers and these are quite helpful to fool your friends by producing your own fake display food.

The Art of Japanese Artificial Foods

Just be strolling down Sennichimae Doguyasuji in Osaka or Kappabashi-dori in Tokyo, you will be amazed to view several varieties and multitude options of artificial foods. Here starting from tempura, sushi, Tonkatsu to hamburgers, pasta or grilled steak, whether traditional Japanese cuisines or continental dishes, you will get innumerable items of fake food display beyond your imagination. The demand of these fake foods is increasingly growing everyday, especially from the restaurant industry. Undoubtedly, it is quite painstaking to make each item of these fake foods to look them very real.

Where to Buy These Artificial Display Foods

The fascination of artificial food props has been now transcending beyond the boundaries of culinary industry. Apart from the regular consumers from the restaurant industry, local Japanese people and tourists are becoming interested in these fake foods for everyday-use-items and souvenir displays. Because of this reason, the gimmicks about fake food are increasing day by day. Now if you want to gift your friend on his birthday, you don’t need to think so much as you have options like bacon-adorned key chains, egg tamago ball pens, salmon roe USB drives, fake beer fridge magnets and sushi cellphone charms which as usable as well as fashionable in looks. Just make sure that these items should be labeled clearly as “DO NOT EAT” as chances are there that your friends or other persons may attempt to eat them taking these fake food props as real ones. While traveling in Japan, your trip will remain incomplete without collecting some artificial food souvenirs in order to remind the unique culinary custom of Japan.

A Brief History behind Japanese Fake Food

Japanese fake food is popularly known as ‘Japanese Sampuru’ that you will find in every restaurant displaying on their window. You will find these glistening fake food replicas so real that most of the people think them as the real foods. This art of artificial display food has not frown in one day. It took years to raise the art form and now it is considered as very lucrative industry in Japan. But do you know that the artisans at first used to produce this art not for the restaurant or culinary aim, but for making models for the doctors for pathological studies?

During 1920s, the journey of fake food display in Japan had started where the rural and foreign visitors found difficult in the Japanese restaurants to comprehend the menus, as they were unfamiliar with the Japanese dishes. Then restaurants began to use the food props as a visual aid so that the customers could get the idea about what they could expect from the chefs before stepping in for dining. Gradually this art of (in)edible Japanese display food has spread all across the world.