"Good Enough To Eat" - Japanese Realistic Fake Food

If you've ever visited Japan you've probably noticed that they display plastic replica food in the window of most restaurants. These food replicas are known as sampuru サンプル, or “sample,” and are made from wax. They were first created in the late 1920s to make it easier for customers to purchase food without the use of menus, which were not common during that time. 

Japanese fake food displayed in a window of a restaurant

Nowadays, this fake food is everywhere and in every form including phone cases and flash drives. If you're interested in food models, Maiduru is the place to go. This shop sells a lot of realistic plastic foods that you can't get overseas, view their products on ZenMarketPlace here


Maiduru's international store on ZenMarketPlace


Why is it so expensive?

Firstly, Japanese fake food craftmanship is a form of art. Secondly, many companies who manufacture fake food have been struggling due to cheaper produce in China and South Korea. And finally, approximately 95% of all fake food is handcrafted and painted by hand to give them the most realistic look and feel. Take a look at the video below to see how they are made.



What's ZenMarketPlace?

ZenMarketPlace is ZenMarket's new service where you can skip the middle man and buy directly from Japanese stores. Unlike ZenMarket there is no service fee, no waiting and you get cash back on every purchase. ZenMarketplace ships to over 135 countries worldwide, allowing anyone to shop Japan from anywhere in the world. ZenMarketplace is currently available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, and Chinese (simplified & traditional.)

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Article| 09/10/2018 | ZenmarketplaceFood