Plastic sushi, soba, udon and pork cutlets outside of Japanese restaurants is ubiquitous. So much so I don’t even notice it anymore.
I was once told that it came about after world war two when Japan was occupied by allied forces, who didn’t speak Japanese, and needed some help ordering. Plastic food representing each dish on offer was an easy, visual solution. Not sure if that is true, but it makes sense. The narrator in this video says plastic food really took off in the 1950’s so doesn’t seem totally far-fetched.
You have to love the Japanese dedication to craftsmanship. It’s amazing that most of this work is done by hand and treated as an art form instead of some mass-produced necessity.
Thanks to my friend Michael for tipping me off about this video.