Yamato Sample Manufactory is a spot (experience classroom) where you can experience producing food samples in Toshima-ku, Tokyo. You can experience making parfaits using gelatin and silicon, and making tempura with wax. In order to experience, advance reservations are required from the reservation form on the official website.
To access the Yamato Sample Factory from Tokyo Station, first go to Ikebukuro on the Japan Railway Yamanote Line. Transfer to Tobu Tojo Line at Ikebukuro Station and get off at Kita Ikebukuro Station. It is about 5 minutes on foot from there.
“Food samples”, which are familiar at restaurants and other stores, are unique to Japan and were born in the early Showa period. Yamato Sample Factory was established in 1952 in Gifu Prefecture and has been selling and leasing food samples. It can be said that it is a culture unique to Japanese with dexterous hands.
Introducing the flow of experience for parfait making. First of all, select from 15 types of toppings to put on the parfait. This topping is prepared in advance at the factory. Let’s choose while considering composition and hue while referring to model parfait. Since each topping material has a front and back, it is necessary to consider which angle to place.
By the way, the target age for creating a real size parfait is 8 years old. Although it is possible to experience under 8 years old, there are powerful work in some processes, so it is better to work with parents. The target age varies depending on the experience menu. Ramen, fried rice, sushi candles, etc. are difficult and the target age is over 10 years old.
Next, select the fruit sauce. Fruit sauce types include Blue Hawaii, Mango, and Strawberry. The material is made of gelatin. Since the fruit sauce must be heated and melted, the staff will do the preparation. And then, the most important infusion of parfait. With the fruit sauce in the bottom of the cup, squeeze the cream and infuse. Since it is a fresh food sample, it is actually made of silicon.
Because this work requires power, if you are a little worried about the power, let’s squeeze it while getting support from the staff and parents. The trick is to squeeze like a circle and make the circle smaller and smaller. Once you have infused the silicon cream, add the topping that you selected earlier. Let’s put the topping carefully, paying attention to the front and back. It must be put on before the silicon hardens.
When all the topping is finished, it ’s done. This is the perfect parfait. The journey takes about 30 minutes. Since it takes about 24 hours for the silicon to harden completely, pack it carefully and put it in a handmade paper bag.
Even though you know it is fake, you will want to eat it.
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?
Perfect gift as well
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.
Very nice as a souvenir of the tourist
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.
Unique in 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.
Experience of fruit parfait making
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.
Recommended for experiencing sightseeing
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.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|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.|