Making art with food isn’t a new concept, but concept artist and digital sculptor Kouji Tajima is taking “food art” to new heights. Currently based in British Columbia, the Japanese artist decided to get creative with some karaage, or fried chicken, and incorporated them into digital artwork that without close scrutiny, would never reveal the presence of one of Japan’s most popular foods.


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You can even find the silhouette of a rooster in the work, adding a touch of humor to the surreal piece.

But perhaps Tajima had only planned his version of food art to be a one-time project, because it wasn’t until he was approached by a student during a presentation that he considered making another.


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During a presentation:

Student: I remember you made karaage art, are you thinking of making more food art?
Me: Not at the moment. Is there something in particular you want me to draw?
Student: Udon, please.
Me: U.. udon.. sure...

Here it is.

Like the karaage art, you probably wouldn’t notice that the sea is made with glistening udon until someone tells you. It depicts a raging sea of thick noodles, this time with a silhouette of a mysterious man in the far distance. Both artworks transport the audience into a sci-fi-esque world, and it’s almost hard to believe that they were created using ordinary food you’ll likely find in the pantries and fridges of many households in Japan.

If you're already a fan of Tajima's works, you can visit his website for more of his artwork, or buy his book on Amazon.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.