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Japan’s Fake Food Street: You, Too, Can Bring Home Some Fake Food Samples!

You ever notice the fake food samples at Japanese restaurants?  I always thought they looked so realistic that someone must have taken the real thing and applied a special chemical to it to turn it into the display model.  It turns out there’s a street in Tokyo that sells all this stuff – Kappabashi-dori.

We took a stroll down this street and stepped into a few of these stores to admire the food replicas.  It’s incredible how realistic the models look!  The Japanese have got this down to an art!

These would have made such fun souvenirs except they start at $30 (not to mention I’m not sure where these would go in the apartment).  Some really impressive models can even be in the hundreds!

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Justin - June 17, 2012 - 8:30 am

Nice post! If you are interested in less expensive fake food items, you can take a look at the Fake Food Japan online store.

And you are right, it is definitely art. Quite amazing how they make the fake food, isn’t it?

Just Wanderlust - June 17, 2012 - 3:26 pm

It is definitely impressive! I wonder if there’s a factory in Japan where someone can see how they make the fake food? That would have been interesting to see.

Justin - June 17, 2012 - 4:59 pm

There are factories where you can make your own fake food. If you are ever in Osaka, I can let you know where to go. They have food making workshops on the weekends. You can also check out this YouTube video for a better idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kcjbO52bSo

Just Wanderlust - June 18, 2012 - 8:46 pm

oh wow, that’s so cool. That’s definitely going on my Osaka “to do” list if I ever make it back! Thanks for sharing!

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