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Collection of Makizushi Art Too Good to Eat

Moms, particularly younger moms in Japan, love to make their kids excited about eating by decorating food in cute ways. This trend began with “chara-ben”, or bento (boxed lunches) that look like beloved anime characters, and now the trend is spreading to sushi. For this reason, we’ll be sharing sushi art—in particular focusing on makizushi (sushi rolls). Ref: Photo


Kazari-Makizushi (Decorative Rolls)



Kazari-zushi (kazari meaning decoration) includes nigiri-zushi (traditional sushi), oshizushi (pressed boxed sushi) and chirashi-zushi (sushi rice in a bowl with ingredients sprinkled over top). This kind of sushi is crafted with a motif designed around Japanese patterns and nature, varying by the season and the event. Crafted makizushi, in particular, are called kazari-makizushi. Makizushi changes to beautiful works of art when cut and the cross section is viewed from above. The picture above is an example of kazari-makizushi that utilizes bilateral symmetry.


Makizushi Art

This includes everything from traditional Japanese kazari-makizushi to the modernized makizushi art of today. Younger moms who love cute ornaments are very adept at creating these.

1. ‘The Scream’ by Munch


Yup, it’s like you can really hear him scream!

2. Tutankhamun


This is so extravagant I can’t bear to eat it.

3. ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’

A reproduction of the masterpiece also called the Dutch Mona Lisa. This is a cuter version!

4. Japanese Businessmen

These guys are politely bowing and exchanging business cards. This is some great use of bilateral symmetry.

5. Cute Characters


There’s no doubt that kids would go crazy with excitement if this was brought out on a platter at a party.

6. Sushi Eating Sushi


Sushi eating sushi—such a unique and interesting idea. And done really well, too!

7. Doraemon


The round shape of makizushi is perfect for Doraemon. Looks like his nose is a carrot, maybe?


Well? They’re so skillfully made that it’d be a shame to eat them, wouldn’t you agree? In addition to cooking schools for improving your cooking techniques, in Japan there’s also now cooking schools where you can learn this kind of artistic cooking.

Related: Ehou-makis: Rule-bound sushi eating

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