Written by Shirley T
Thursday, 08 April 2010 07:35
If you are hungry yet Japanese illiterate, finding food in Japan is just as good as just looking around you. With Lady Luck by your side, sights of plastic food samples would confirm that you're not going to end up starving!
When we were in Tokyo beginning of spring in this year, I personally found the plastic food sample or what some people called it 'Food Replica' is a perfect showcase and somehow provides pleasant dining experience to the tourists or visitors. I was fascinated with both the concept and practicality.
As the name suggest, these food replica is made from plastic. It describes exactly what the diner shall be expecting, besides performing the fundamental of its role - advertising! Instead of 2-D pictures on a dull menu, creativity and innovation churn out an array of plastic food samples to be displayed at restaurants' facade with price tag and name of each course/set. Figure or numeric is something everybody uses in common! For diners, this approach is like killing two birds with one stone. We could visualize how the meals are going to look like and at the same time, gauge how deep is our pocket before deciding to enter the restaurant.
Despite the practice of plastic food menu was perceived to serve the non-Japanese speaking people, the origin of plastic sample was used to describe Western cuisine when it was first introduced in Japan during late 19th century. Samples of 3-D food allows the diners to peruse and browse from one window to another, then decide where to head into for a sumptuous meal. Since then, this practice took off.
From our observation, these pieces of art work appear very convincing. If we happened to just glance through, we could be fooled that they are 'real' food. The color, size, shade, structures which includes adornment or garnishing are flawless. Handcrafted based on pictures and some sketches, these plastic models are truly stunning!
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