Alberto Moreno cannot speak or read Japanese and when at first he stepped in Japan, he felt it as a deficit that might cause him starving in the country that is renowned for its gastronomic delights. Fortunately, Japan always takes special care to its tourists with some innovations. That is why the tourists do not feel problem to choose their desired dishes in the restaurants of this food obsessed nation where they find the English menu ranging from sparse to almost non-existent. The Japanese restaurants display their foods in the form of customized made plastic food replica.
Fake food or faux food-in which name you will call them, has several usages. There are primarily made for the purpose of food display in the restaurants and super markets in Japan. These are also used for the decorative purpose at homes. Nowadays these are available in different shapes as daily use products and gift items. These realistic food displays can be made of vinyl, plastic, resins, wax and other materials in order to look like the real foods.
Though these artificial display foods were originated from Japan in order to help the foreigners to identify their food items, nowadays, there are immensely used in North America too. These Japanese food models are called sampuru, the Japanese word originated from the English word sample. You may find them in the reputed restaurants, supermarkets, tapas bar and of course in izakayas. Japanese always prefer to simplify the life and with this aim, they invented Japanese sampuru. Now when you are visiting a restaurant, which will you prefer- read an almost obscure menu card or choose your dish from the appetizing display food? Of course as a potential customer, the second option seems more suitable to you. Here lies the uniqueness of Japanese people who have mingled gastronomic art with the marketing strategy so that the customers have the idea about look, quantity and price of the foods to choose. Simply, you will see before what you will get later.
Today the manufacturing of artificial food prop is quite popular in Japan and it gives several billion yens of business every year. In fact, the cost of these display foods is quite higher compared to the real food they represent, but the good thing is that the restaurants need to invest one time as they last for several years. In order to get these custom-made food replicas, the restaurants need to send their original sample dishes along with their pictures and then it takes a long time to prepare these display fake foods. This art is indigenously Japan origin, though now China and South Korea are progression fast to come in the competition of manufacturing fake food props.
After visiting a replica food studio, you will have a great experience as it looks like a kitchen. However, the main difference lies in the fact that the men appear before you wearing apron are actually the artists, not the chefs. In these studios, you will get everything-from sushi to okonomiyaki, from pizza to salad, from raw to cooked foods. So if you want to take a sample of plastic food display with a personal touch, you may ask for a custom made prop food.