Source: Iwasaki-be-I Japanese Plastic Food Samples That Look So Real, But Too Artistic To Eat 2016-03-02 Wed 2018-04-18 Wed Anyone who has ever traveled in Japan without knowing much of the language can appreciate the abundance of beautifully crafted plastic food samples placed outside of restaurants. It's a great convenience for foreign visitors, and even if you know the language it gives you an immediate idea of what a shop has to offer. While every so often, you can catch a special on Japanese television detailing just how much hard work and effort the makers of these plastic food samples put into their craft, that doesn't mean they aren't above having some fun with it. Recently Iwasaki-be-I, Japan's top plastic food sample maker, held a contest within their company to show off the creativity of their employees. The contest has become an annual tradition at the company, going on fro 45 years since 1968, and the entries from 2015 are so artistic and clever that topping them in 2016 may be too daunting a task! An octopus cooking up some takoyaki Source: Iwasaki-be-I Cucumbers and kiwis that become one another Source: Iwasaki-be-I Ukiyo-e ice cream Source: Iwasaki-be-I A salmon giving you some "fresh" eggs Source: Iwasaki-be-I Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a pie, it's...both! Source: Iwasaki-be-I Fresh beer and melon soda Source: Iwasaki-be-I Fruit juice straight from the source Source: Iwasaki-be-I Pasta tennis racket Source: Iwasaki-be-I Carrots bathing in beef stew Source: Iwasaki-be-I An octopus chilling in takowasa (octopus and wasabi) Source: Iwasaki-be-I Sushi-sized tuna Source: Iwasaki-be-I Fish that look too real Source: Iwasaki-be-I Painting with mandarin oranges Source: Iwasaki-be-I An artistic tomato explosion Source: Iwasaki-be-I A beetle making the ultimate sacrifice for your Christmas present Source: Iwasaki-be-I A literal kabedon! Source: Iwasaki-be-I By - grape Japan editorial staff. Source:Iwasaki-be-I Tags: Art / Food / Iwasaki Be-I / Japan / Plastic food grape Japan Art Japanese Plastic Food Samples That Look So Real, But Too Artistic To Eat Related Article Unique Coloring Pencils With Japanese Colors Get Your Training On At Japan’s First “Maid Gym” In Akihabara Enjoy A Rich And Elegant Snack With Sakura And Champagne-Flavored Pocky Cat Belly Towel Will Fulfill Your Dreams Of Burying Your Face In A Cat’s Soft Belly Japan’s Creepy Office Hand Will Slap You Into Good Shape At Work: And It Really Works! Cheer On Your Favorite Capybara At Japan’s Capybara Olympics!