Don’t Eat This Plastic!

Japan is renowned for the incredibly realistic plastic food displayed outside most restaurants. The craftsmanship involved in its creation is so exceptional that one is hard-pressed to distinguish the real from the fake.

Beads of condensation hang on the outside of the glasses of beer, perfectly translucent thin slivers of lettuce cradle freshly fried crumbed prawns, sauces glisten provocatively as if truly moist, eggs ooze their yolks, pasta is dusted with tiny filaments of seasoning and flakes of dried seaweed. And it’s all plastic.

This is all well and good, but it prompts the question that although these foods aren’t the real thing, do they nevertheless have a shelf-life, a use-by date? As evidenced by this display outside a local restaurant, the answer is an emphatic “Yes!”.

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And the most surprising thing of all? People eat at this restaurant.

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~ by JapanGasm on 21 May, 2010.

3 Responses to “Don’t Eat This Plastic!”

  1. wow!

  2. Wow indeed!

    Like many posts on this blog, I’m trying to show some of the things in Japan that people overseas usually never see. Both the cute and the repulsive.

  3. They can really get creative. =)

    I enjoy talking to my Japanese students as they tell me a lot of things found in their country that would be considered unusual in mine.

    Great post!

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