In Japan, in the vicinity of the entrance of the restaurant, products that looks like the real thing called “food sample” are lined up. This makes it easy to grasp the image of the menu and it is very convenient. A variety of “food samples” that look as if they are real.
It is said that a food sample was first made in the Taisho Period. At the time, genuine cuisine was molded with agar and it seems that it was made by pouring wax into the mold. After that, they came to be made of synthetic resin which is hard to break. Now it is not only a menu of restaurants but also various goods such as straps and magnets. Because this is a unique culture in Japan, it is also popular as a souvenir for foreign tourists.
The charm of a food sample is all that is in its realism. Even though you know it is fake, you will want to eat it. Do not you care about how to make them? Actually, there are shops where beginners can experience how to make food samples. Lettuce, tempura, parfait and omelette etc. It’s not just about looking but you can actually make it.
In “Yamato Sample Factory” you can make various food samples such as curry, ramen, pizza, parfait, tart, cupcake etc. For making parfait, you can choose a favorite thing from among a lot of fruits and ice cream topping. Why don’t you join a workshop for making a little rare food sample?
The Yamato Sample factory is a spot with various food sample experience menus. From small one to the actual size, it can also be a key holder or clip. Perfect gift as well. Tempura food samples can be taken in about 10 minutes, and other things in about 30 minutes, so you can feel free to experience it.
In Japan, food samples are often seen in showcases of restaurants and coffee shops.
Although it is real artistic items that can be said to be artistic, there is not much to see outside of Japan. It is known for these days as the item which is very nice as a souvenir of the tourist who visits Japan.
You can experience to make food samples, which are also unique in Japan, at the “Yamato Sample factory, Sample FAN FUN FAN” near Kita Ikebukuro station in Tokyo.
There are plenty of experience menus in the factory, such as experiences of making tempura using wax, curry and rice making toppings such as vegetables, meat, pickles and so on, sushi candle using egg, squid, tuna made of wax, and experience of fruit parfait making.
Moreover, mini parfait making experience etc. which the small children can also experience are prepared. Regardless of age, sex and nationality, anyone can feel free to make original food samples. Recommended for experiencing sightseeing.
|Name:||Faux food crafting (Yamato Sample)|
|Address:||Kamiikebukuro 4-18-2-101 Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0012 Japan|
|Access:||Tobu Tojo-sen Line “Kita-Ikebukuro-eki Station” (5 minutes walk)|
|Price:||Please refer this site.|