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Japanese “Chigiri-Pan” Trend Creates 3D Character Bread Too Cute to Eat

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In Japan, three-dimensional character bread, commonly known as chigiri-pan, is becoming a popular sight on Instagram. With good reason, too—the edible sculptures are totally adorable! One account that’s taking part in this trend is うみ, or @umi0407, an artisan baker who models their creations after cartoon figures like Snoopy, Garfield, the Moomins, and Winnie the Pooh.

At first glance, some of Umi’s handiwork doesn’t immediately resemble bread. Instead of the typical large loaf shape, medium-sized pieces of dough form the overall shape of the body while smaller circular pieces take on the ears, arms, and feet. Different hues are added by mixing colored powders into dough, such as cocoa or green tea. After baking, the creations are brought to life with icing that depicts dotted eyes, whiskers, and button noses. The results are unconventional baked goods that seem almost too precious to eat.

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via [Neatorama]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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