Love for food
Did you know that July is the National Culinary Month in the U.S.? Nope, neither did I. But you would agree that the food is an art and they are similar. They both enrich our lives, and their presentability is as important as its quality. Japan boasts a vibrant food tradition and cultures, not only Sushi and Ramen.
Also, their peculiar “food sample” or “plastic food” display at a restaurant is well known for its delectable reality. Let me introduce this exceptional Japanese artist who infused his art piece with food, sweets in his case, in an extraordinary way.
In Japan, where expressing love in public is discouraged, everyone seems to express their passion for food excessively to the public. On Instagram, my Japanese friends frequently show off what they eat both at home or in a restaurant. I am following them because I want to know what’s up but not about what goes in their stomach. Unfortunately, it’s too late to unfollow them now. Even on dating apps, which I never can get my head around why, I can see more food pictures there (no, no faces) than menus on UberEats. Set my confusions aside, here I present the pioneer of sweets decoration art, Osamu Watanabe.
The Eye Candy
Watanabe coined his works “fake cream art,” and indeed, they consist of cream out of piping bags. Who would’ve imagined building a creamy statue of the Virgin Mary standing on top of a cake so gracefully? Buddha must have an ultimate Zen to sit and meditate without any worldly thoughts while all the sugary temptations cover him. He uses resins as a cream, but like those food samples, his recreations – fake candies, fruits, and cupcakes, are irresistible. I even get a sugar high as I write. He dedicates his artistic and patisserie talents to bring happiness to people through his sweet artworks.
His inspiration is the heritage of “his mother, who was a pastry chef and teacher at a confectionery school.” It makes total sense, just as the impressionist painter and the son of a tailor, Pierre Auguste Renoir, excelled in painting clothes. I believe that it is no coincidence that Watanabe has paid sweet homage to Renoir’s classic portrait, Girl in a Lace Hat, in such a tasteful way. You may not be able to appreciate his piece in your stomach, but without a doubt, it is the work of a master chef that you can enjoy with your eyes.
Japan is where the Asian and Western culture meets. Historically, the Japanese are reproducing the high-quality fusion of products such as arquebus/ matchlock guns, cameras, and cars. Culture and art are not exceptions, either. Western art and pastry met Japanese creativity and Kawaii movements at his unique kitchen counter.
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