“What looks like spaghetti Bolognese and keeps fresh on the shelf for 50 years?” asked the NYT in 1985. Japanese realistic fake food samples, of course, which have become almost as famous as the country’s delectable cuisines. It’s a craft that’s been raised to an art and line the display cases of restaurants throughout the country.
Based in Saitama prefecture, Hatanaka is a manufacturer who has been creating real-as-life food samples since 1965. But recently, unimpressed with the growth of the restaurant business, decided to get into the fashion and accessories business as well, turning their food models into necklaces, earrings and belts.
The company even has an English page for those looking to order from overseas.