Mental Floss

How is Japanese Fake Food Made?

Rebecca OConnell

In Japan, restaurants often display fake—but very convincing—versions of their food in the window. Called sampuru, these models are meant to draw in a crowd from off the street. The realistic looking samples are made to order, so they look just like the dishes prepared inside. Each model is handmade with wax and plastic. You can watch an artist patiently explain his process to two wide-eyed children.

[h/t: The Kid Should See This]