September 21, 2017

Fake Food Dishes

Star Restaurant, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
スター食堂(京都市中京区新京極通四条上る)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: During the early Shōwa (昭和) period, following Japan's surrender ending World War II in 1945, Americans and Europeans traveled to Japan to help with the rebuilding efforts. Foreign travelers had difficulties reading Japanese menus, so Japanese artisans and candle makers quickly developed plates of wax foods for restaurants that made it easy for foreigners to order something that looked appetizing. Paraffin was used to create fake food until the mid-1980s; because its colors faded when exposed to heat or sunlight, manufacturers later switched to vinyl chloride, which is "nearly eternal." (Read more...)

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