Animal lollipops that are pieces of art

Have you ever seen candy that was too beautiful to eat? Hmm, I sure hadn’t before I saw the pieces of art Shinri Tezuka makes. These lollipops are just so amazing you would display them in a museum or something rather than eating them.

Credit: Shinri Tezuka

Shinri Tezuka created these pieces of art using and ancient candy-making technique called Amezaiku. It originates all the way back to the 8th century. During the Edo period Amezaiku was performed on the streets as a way of entertainment for the common people. Well, I can confidently say that this is amazing for everyone!

Fun to know: these candies often were given as gifts (in the form of animals) or offered at temples.

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Credit: Shinri Tezuka

Amezaiku

Amezaiku is a way of candy making where you need water, sugar and starch mixed together to create a glass-like base. You put a ball of it at the end of a stick and then you start cutting, bending and shaping the candy until it’s in its final form. With edible dye the sculptures are colored to create the glass-like animals.

Credit: Shinri Tezuka

Make Amezaiku yourself

And what’s so cool about this is that you can also follow a workshop that teaches you how to create those beautiful animals. You can make your own Amezaiku in the workshop and it will cost you about 2500 yen for adults (22 dollars, which I think is cheap considering what you can learn). Children will only pay 200 yen, so it’s definitely fun and affordable to do with a family.

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Credit: Shinri Tezuka

Buy amezaiku

If you’re not feeling like trying it yourself you can also buy these amazing and edible artworks at the shop of Shinri Tezuka called Ameshin. He sells the animal lollipops for as much as 1000-2000 yen each (that’s about 8 to 17 dollars).

Animal lollipops

Below are a few examples of Shinri Tezuka’s work, and I can tell you right now that I wouldn’t dare to eat any of these! If you want to know where his shop is: 4F, TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045. And his place where he exhibits pieces and gives workshops: 1F 1-4-3 Imado, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0024. Check for opening hours and more information on the workshops the website ame-shin.

Credits: Shinri Tezuka

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