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Stunning Japanese Lollipops Are Realistic Animal Sculptures You Can Lick

These realistic animal artworks by Shinri Tezuka will fool you. At first glance, they might look like they're only sculptures, but they're much more than that. His creations are edible! Tezuka practices amezaiku, which is the Japanese craft of artistic lollipop-making, dating back to the 700s. Now, in his small shop called Ameshin, the 26-year-old produces these incredible candies and also holds workshops and demonstrations for the public.

Fish, frogs, and octopi are some of the creatures that Tezuka makes by hand. They are highly detailed, and he even includes the small ridges on fins, bulging eyes, and subtle variations in color. These tasty lollipops are made from sugary syrup, starch, and organic coloring, but they look almost too good to eat.

Ameshin is located in Tokyo, so if you find yourself in the Asakusa district, check out the store. Tezuka sells his candies for between 1000 – 2000 yen.

Ameshin website and Facebook page
via [Spoon & Tamago]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. 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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