Amezaiku is the Japanese craft of lollipop-making, which dates back to the 700s when artisans made mouth-watering and artistic lollipops to be presented as gifts. Carrying on the tradition is 26-year old Shinri Tezuka, the owner of a small shop in the Asakusa district of Tokyo called Ameshin. The store combines a studio and workshop where Tezuka not only fashions his realistic creations, but also holds workshops and demonstrations for the public.
Some of Tezuka’s latest creations include too-good-to-lick lollipops of goldfish, frogs and tadpoles. He makes them only from sugary syrup and starch as well as organic coloring so they’re completely edible.
At his shop in Tokyo he sells them for between 1000 – 2000 yen. You can also sign up for workshops (2500 yen for adults; 2000 yen for kids) where you’ll get to make your own amezaiku.