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September Guide Sign

Finally early autumn has come. The season of a good appetite.

All over Japan you will find many restaurant window displays decorated with replica food.

They are made so accurately that they look good enough to eat.

They are used to display their dishes served at the restaurant and as a promotional tool to attract customers. Besides,

the fake food models help people see the food in advance exactly what they are getting.

They were born in Japan in the 1920s

when a restaurant in the department store in the central part of Tokyo had the idea to display the dishes they prepared using real food.

But it didn’t work well, as they were thrown away in sad-looking at the end of the day everyday.

Craftsmen producing models of human organs for doctors were approached by the restaurant to do the same thing for the food they wanted to sell.

The idea spread rapidly as eating out was getting popular in those days.

The models gave a quick visual explanation to people unfamiliar with what city restaurants offered.

Wide-spread display of fake food is said to be closely related to Japanese preference for ‘first tasting with their eyes’.

The making practice has changed little since the appearance of the first replicas except for what they are made from – in the beginning from paraffin and now from durable silicone.

Even today almost 95% of all fake food is crafted by hand.

Highly trained craftsmen make fake food by hand to create a realistic look and feel.

The craftsmanship of Japanese food models has been raised to such a superb art form as to be exhibited at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 1980.

It’s not a growth industry these days, though.

The food samples cost more money than the actual dish.

Modern technology can reproduce color photos in high quality less expensively.

The industry doesn’t stick to old recipes .It is pushing into new lines like fake food fashion accessories, such as fruit earrings and fried egg rings.

Food samples can be purchased and workshop for making them be enjoyed in Kappabashi-dori, the Japan’s biggest kitchen supply street in Tokyo between Ueno and Asakusa.

Kappabashi is a plyayground for cooking lovers, while Tsukiji is the first stop for fresh food eaters.

A trip to downtown Tokyo including visiting Kappabashi. It sounds great, doesn’t it?.





















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JLPT Preparation N2 Course

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Japanese Language Lesson Biginners’ Course 【Level 1 Step3】

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July Guide Sign

YUKATA(an informal, light, unlined,cotton kimono)is worn in summer.

Recently it is getting popular among young ladies in the variety of designs and brilliant colors.

It is basically dyed indigo blue (aizome) using white cotton.

Aizome is produced using a very old coloring technique passed on from centuries ago in Japan.

It’s a dye which is made from plants leaves and goes through lye fermentation with only natural materials.

Indigo is one of the oldest plant dyes in existence, first brought to Japan about 1400 years ago.

Since it was very valuable in an ancient time, only persons of the privileged classes could put it on.

In the War Period (1467-1568),the samurai wore the aizome clothes under their armor because of its antimicrobial and deodorizing effects.

Over time, aizome materials were more commonly used by people from the Edo Period (1603-1867).

Cotton and indigo dye matched so well that aizome dyed items became a part of Japanese life.

Even famous “Ukiyoe” ( floating world paintings) artists like Hokusai and Hiroshige used indigo depict that era.

Fermented indigo is alive and breathing.

Aizome can create various shade of blue depending on the dyeing time

and the level of fermentation. ranging from “aijiro (indigo white),” the lightest shade closest to white, to “noukon (navy blue),” the darkest shade closest to black,

The popularity of aizome which is time consuming to make, declined for a while.after synthetic indigo appeared.

However, aizome items have been revalued recently as beautiful Japanese traditional handicraft.

Its deeper and more fascinating color attracts people nationwide and worldwide,as exemplified by popularity of Tokyo Skytree, a new landmark in Tokyo.

Its body color is “aijiro”

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Japanese language Lesson Complete Beginners’ Saturday Course【Level 1 Step1】

Japanese language Lesson Complete Beginners’ Saturday Course【Level 1 Step1】

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June 24 – Sep. 9(except July 15 & Aug.12)

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