Zen Japanese Rock Garden Toast

With most of us staying home right now, we’re finding more time on our hands. And one area of the day where that leftover time is being spent is on meals. Japanese designer Manami Sasaki has embarked on a series of creative stay-at-home breakfasts using toast as her canvas.

One of our favorites so far has been the Zen Japanese Rock Garden. For her base, Sasaki used sour cream that’s she carefully and artfully raked with her fork to mimic the swirls of sand, originally meant to represent ripples of water. Macadamia nuts and walnuts were strategically placed to represent stones while matcha powder was sprinkled around them like moss.

We also got a kick out of the kintsugi toast below. Sasaki says that she actually tore the toast and filled the cracks with edible gold leaf, using ketchup as paint.

You can see more of Sasaki’s creative toasts over on her Instagram account. She’s also a watercolor artist by trade and sells some of her work here.


  1. They look beautiful. Time for me to up my toast game!

  2. It could work with open-faced grilled cheese or other sandwich filling.

  3. Andrea Staff

    May 2, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Brilliant! All amazing… but the Kintsugi!

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