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Yummy Edible Sculptures

Goldfish and octopuses that look like glass, tiny real looking pandas, shiba inu dogs, rabbits, dragons, and snakes… all edible. In the art of Amezaiku, artisans craft small candy lollipop sculptures.

During the Heian period, the art of amezaiku was imported from China and was probably first used in Japan for candy offerings made at temples in Kyoto.

The amezaiku craft spread beyond the temple during the Edo period, when many forms of street performance flourished in Japan and when its base ingredient, mizuame, became widely available. In Edo it emerged in its present artistic form.

Amezaiku artists also paint their sculpted candy with edible dyes to give the finished work more character.

Animals and insects are common amezaiku shapes created to appeal to children.

Intricate animal characters are created with expert speed. The realism is amazing!

Some amezaiku artists are also street performers who perform magic tricks and tell stories along with their candy craft entertainment.

I See Faces!

Seeing faces in ordinary objects is called pareidolia. A study in Finland found that people who are religious or believe strongly in the supernatural are more likely to see faces in lifeless objects and landscapes. Personally, I think the faces are just there whether you’re a believer or not. What do you think?

Aren’t these fun?

An Explosion of Color

I found this collection of images on Facebook, and now I can’t remember where or who… They were made with some kind of photo app, which I also can’t remember.

LOL 😊

If I ever figure it out, I am going to make a bunch of them because I think this is super cool!

Pikachu Is Real!

I bet you didn’t know that the Pokémon Pikachu is actually a real animal! And yet, here one is!

The Boronia Veterinary Clinic and Animal Hospital in Melbourne, Australia brought in a rare golden possum that looks like Pikachu. These are very rare – and adorable – yellow marsupials. How fun is that?

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