KURAYOSHI, Tottori – A special food replica themed exhibition, a unique craft form in Japan, is currently being held in this western Japanese city.
A total of 120 elaborate models of sukiyaki, ramen, “katsudon” (fried pork chop on a bowl of rice) and other dishes that look mouth-watering like real dishes are on display at the Kurayoshi Figure Museum. in Kurayoshi, in Tottori prefecture, until March. 13, 2022.
Food models typically line restaurant windows across Japan, and they have a lot in common with figurines in terms of molding and coloring. The food sample exhibition is funded by Osaka-based Iwasaki Co., a large food replica company.
The highlight of the exhibition is a reproduction of the manufacturing process and the workplace for making models of hamburgers and fish. There is also a must-see section where visitors can follow technological changes in the industry by comparing past models in wax and the latest models in resin, using bread and steak as examples.
The 10-battery tower hamburger model attracts many visitors. 4-year-old Asahi Yamazaki, who visited her family in Tottori town, said with a smile: “Everything looks delicious and makes me hungry. I want to try a real big burger.”
Admission to the exhibit is 600 yen (approximately $ 5.20) for high school students and above, and 300 yen (approximately $ 2.60) for elementary and high school students.
(Japanese original by Hirofumi Nohara, Tottori Bureau)