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Japanese Food Art: Not Just a Tasty Meal

Published by Catherine South in Food
August 24th, 2008

Japanese chefs pride themselves not only on the flavor and texture of their food, but also on the attractive presentation of a meal.

In Japan, the presentation of a meal is as important as the taste and texture of the food. Japanese chefs pride themselves on the creative, artistic nature of dish, as well as the flavors within the meal.

Rice Art

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By coloring the rice and then shaping it, these creative chefs have created comical, edible characters. Most of these dishes have been designed for the delight of children, but are also enjoyed by adults. The chef uses other foodstuffs in the dish, such as seaweed, to give the character more personality.

Sushi Art


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Sushi is one of Japan’s most famous and internationally appreciated foods. Sushi is well-known foe being not only delicious, but an attractive, healthy meal. These chefs have taken the artistic food a step further, using colored sushi rice, fish roe (fish eggs), seaweed sheets and different vegetables to create patterns and pictures with the sushi.

Watermelon Art


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These chefs have used watermelons as a canvas for their designs. Cutting into the fruit at different depths allows them to utilize a specific color layer within the fruit. The green portions of the picture are the skin, the white is found below the skin and the pinks are found at the centre of the melon. By carefully cutting around the green portions, the artistic chef can create an artwork from the simple fruit.

Japanese food is more than just sustenance. Each meal can be appreciated for its flavor, texture and aesthetic value.

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  1. Claris
    Posted August 24, 2008 at 10:36 am

    It’s really an art. Very intersting article.

  2. Leo Reyes
    Posted August 24, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    very creative chefs. nice article.

  3. V. Wagner
    Posted August 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    What beautiful food! Thanks for an interesting article.

  4. dee gold
    Posted August 24, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    wow, how artistic!rice is a basic part of our meal so i really appreciate the rice art.i enjoyed seeing the pictures,thanks.

  5. Ruby Hawk
    Posted August 24, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    beautifully prepared food.

  6. Juancav
    Posted August 24, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Rich taste and art.

  7. Anne Lyken-Garner
    Posted August 25, 2008 at 9:00 am

    These are fantastic, I love them.

  8. Glynis Smy
    Posted September 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Brilliant article!

  9. RJ Evans
    Posted October 5, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Amazing!!

  10. Posted November 19, 2008 at 11:23 am

    How terribly creative!

  11. www.youlinchng.com
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    This is beautiful & precise “product” for real Japanese Food Art.

  12. Posted February 27, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Nice to see fellow writer about Japanese Foods. These food products are indeed very creative.

  13. sheridan
    Posted June 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    sheridan said get a life

  14. Posted July 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

    oh wow, the watermelons are freaking awesome

  15. LC
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I like the sushi art. Who is the chef/artist?

  16. Posted July 12, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Mothers in Japan put a lot of effort into this.

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