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.
Check out this cool little car made of wood.
Let’s take a look inside!
I love the way it looks inside!
But what’s under the hood?
Let’s take a look!
Looks very clean and new!
What else does this cute little car have going for it?
I wonder what it looks like underneath.
Again, looks very clean and new!
It’s a cute little two seater.
I wonder what’s in the trunk?
I love it!
Check this kid out!
He’s going to eat the world’s largest burger ever!
Is this for real?
Yes, it actually is!
Here’s the cook…
The Over De Flames burger, which could be the whopper to end all whoppers, contains more than 13,000 calories – almost the amount an average man should consume in a week.
Standing at around 30cm in diameter and containing a staggering 40 slices of cheese, the burger poses a gut-busting challenge for even the hungriest of customers. It is served with fries and a milkshake, boasts lashings of relish, ketchup and mayonnaise, plus two whole onions, three tomatoes and an entire head of lettuce.
Equivalent to more than 26 quarter-pounders, the monolithic meat feast contains three kilos of beef (6.5lb), dwarfing its competitors in the race to be named Britain’s biggest – and most calorific – burger.
The brainchild of restaurateur Sudeep De, the burger is only available at the Over De Flames restaurant within Norwich venue The Basement.
A deck of tiny playing cards. Fun!
A very tiny baby gets a bottle. Cute!
Tiny rubber duckies… they’d get lost in a hurry in my bathtub!
Awww… a cute teeny tiny crocheted owl!
Wowsers! Now that’s some tiny knitting!
A handful of tiny pop cans. Nifty!
Check out this tiny knife and fork! Very cool!
I love it, a tiny bouquet of tiny flowers! Very nice!
Look, a miniature violin! Unbelievable!
What’s this? A tiny play station? Super fun!
Check out this tiny container of salt!
A tiny little plant in a tiny little mug. Love it!
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