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Food Artist Hand-Carves Incredibly Intricate Patterns Into Fruit and Vegetables

Carved Fruit and Vegetable Art by Takehiro Kishimoto

From bento boxes to radish sculptures, turning food into art is a popular pastime in Japan. Inspired by the nation’s traditional art of decorative garnishing (known as mukimono) and Thai fruit carving, Japanese chef and food artist Takehiro Kishimoto sculpts intricate motifs and patterns into fruit and vegetables.

The art of Thai fruit carving was originally used to decorate the tables of the royal family, and often involved carving elaborate 3D motifs (such as flowers) into the soft flesh of apples, watermelons, and more. The Japanese art of mukimono is hundreds of years old, and involves creating decorative garnishes for meals. By merging both traditions, Kishimoto has developed his own hybrid style, where fresh produce takes on the motifs of both cultures.

Rendered using a sharp blade, Kishimoto meticulously carves his designs into avocados, apples, carrots, broccoli, and more. In some cases, he turns fresh produce into elegant flowers, while other pieces of fruit and veg are etched with geometric patterns inspired by traditional Japanese textiles. Each edible masterpiece showcases the artist’s incredible talent and patience—some pieces can take several hours to complete! But what happens to Kishimoto’s creations when he’s done? He says, “I carve and eat it.”

Scroll down to check out some of Kishimoto’s food art, and find more from his portfolio on Instagram.

Japanese food artist Takehiro Kishimoto hand-carves intricate patterns into fruit and vegetables.

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He's inspired by both Thai fruit carving and the Japanese art of decorative garnishing, known as mukimono. 

Carved Fruit and Vegetable Art by Takehiro KishimotoCarved Fruit and Vegetable Art by Takehiro Kishimoto

Each edible masterpiece is rendered using a sharp blade.

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All images via Takehiro Kishimoto.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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