Do you know what we don’t have enough of here in America? Plastic food. Sure, we have a ton of different restaurants to choose from. Even the menu’s are pretty well covered in pictures of the restaurants offerings. But how many times have you chosen a dish only to to say, “I thought it was going to be bigger,” or “this looked different in the picture.” Yep, I rest my case.
In Japan, many restaurants offer plastic models of the dishes you will be receiving just so you know what to expect. How considerate. Don’t think these are just some food models you used to play with as a kid when your little sister forced you to have pretend dinners and got mad at you for putting your elbows on the fisher price table.
These food models are works of art. Art majors in Japan have been known to take part time work sculpting and painting these plastic food models for extra cash. Restaurants will use these plastic food models in their shop window to attract potential customers. Unlike American advertising on TV (does your Big Mac from McDonalds look as good as TV?), what you see in the shop windows is what you get.