Fake foods are replicas with the appearance of real food, made from various types of plastics, resins, and similar materials.
The use of fake food began after Japan’s surrender in World War II. During that period Europeans and Americans traveled a lot to Japan.
Paraffin was used to create fake food until the 80’s. Afterwards vinyl was used because the colors in paraffin faded when exposed to heat or sunlight.
There are a lot of uses for fake food, the most common being displays in restaurants, grocery stores, etc. They display “fake” versions of their dishes in the windows to attract customers.
However, a lot of companies that manufacture fake food have had declining profits because their replicas are expensive. The replicas can last forever though.
Real food is used to create silicone molds to try and recreate the food perfectly.
Other uses include props for movies, television or theater. More recently, fake foods were also used for nutrition education and consumer research.
If you’re interested in fake food, you can visit Kappabashi Dougu Street, located in Tokyo’s Taito City. With over 170 shops, this street is Japan’s largest shopping street devoted to kitchen implements.
Here you can find and purchase fake food, and there’s even a workshop where you can learn to make your own fake foods! (Photo by Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya)
Some chain stores of Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya give demonstrations on how to make Fake Foods and let visitors experience it first hand.
● If you’re interested in fake foods, you can try to make your own in the Ganso workshop
Location in the main building: 3-7-6 Nishi-asakusa,Taito-ku, Tokyo (Kappabashi near the intersection)
Workshop building: 2-25-9 Nishi-asakusa, Taito-ku,Tokyo
TEL 0120-17-1839（Toll free number）
Business hours: 10:00 – 17:30 365days Open
Transfer of the train
・It’s a five minutes’ walk from the station Asakusa by Tsukuba Express Train.
(※ This station is different from the “Asakusa Station” of Subway and Tobu line)
・It’s a 12 minutes’ walk from the station Asakusa Tawaramachi Station by Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.
・It’s a 15 minutes’ walk from the station Iriya Exit No. 1 by Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.