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Stunningly Lovely Food Carvings From Japanese Artist Gaku

 Here’s another artist who never listened to his mom when she told him not to play with his food. Gaku, the talented mind and hands behind these incredible creations, practices a traditional Japanese art form of fruit and vegetable carving, Mukimono. The word translates literally to “stripped product”, and is named for the intricate patterns and designs inscribed on these delicious canvases.

First practiced in 16th Century Japan, this art form is now a steadfast part of many different Southeast Asian culinary cultures. The speed required to practice this art, given how quickly most fruits and vegetables begin to decompose, makes creating these pieces all the more difficult. This skillful artist always captures a picture of his work after completion, before quickly devouring them! Here are 18  tasty treats, courtesy of Gaku.  

 

1. An apple a day! 

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono  

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2. This koi is being a little coy today 

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

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3. Chain, chain, chain. A food chain!

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

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4. These fantastic creatures came from radishes

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

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5. Ever thought of making a squash-o-lantern? 

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

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6. Is it a frightening claw or a frightening face? 

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

(Gaku)

 

7. A Rose in the carrot

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

(Gaku)

 

8. Does this stalk of broccoli look a little different to you? 

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

(Gaku)

 

9. The waves rippled behind the duck as it swam 

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

(Gaku)

 

10. This pattern belongs on a set of armor 

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

(Gaku)

 

11. Beware of the dragon 

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

(Gaku)

 

12. When you feel the color in your life fading, just turnip up! 

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

(Gaku)

 

13. Getting ready to fly 

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

(Gaku)

 

14. 1 vegetable, many creatures

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

(Gaku)

 

15. The perfect carving for Halloween

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

(Gaku)

 

16. When you don’t know what to do with that bottom bit of the banana

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

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17. This tortoise makes the hare hungry 

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

(Gaku)

 

18. Dragons are everywhere! 

Incredible works of art carved into fruits and vegetables from Japanese artist Gaku, using traditional Japanese art of food carving, Mukimono

(Gaku)

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