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Fake Japanese Food

Nutritious Jane Nov 29, 2006 02:51 PM

I'mlooking for fake japanese food displays you'd see in Little Tokyo in SF - like a fake bento box w/ plastic food, or a bowl of ramen - I can't seem to find much online - only sushi parts or plastic miso soup - any japanese sites w/ english? Or maybe a professional site for restaurants to order displays?

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    drgnflychic RE: Nutritious Jane Nov 29, 2006 02:58 PM

    I found this online.

    http://www.soon-win.com/index_topic.p...

    Perhaps you could fill your own bento box with some pieces of fake food that you find.

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      Julie Woo RE: Nutritious Jane Nov 29, 2006 03:06 PM

      You are going to think I am weird, but I have a super obsession with fake food. It's difficult to find quality stuff in North America so your best bet is to go to Japan. That's where I got mine and I love it.
      However, if a trip to Japan is unfeasible I found this site based in California:
      www.iwasaki-images.com

      They have sushi under "food oriental" heading. I can't vouch for them but their site is in english which is better than most sample food sites. Just so you know, sample food is expensive everywhere.
      Good luck!

      ps: what are you going to do with it?

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        aileen39 RE: Julie Woo Jun 19, 2010 03:20 AM

        hi , it is hard to find someone with the same interest as you. i finally found someone who share the same interest about fake food!!! so do u have any collection of it ?

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        Loren3 RE: Nutritious Jane Nov 29, 2006 03:28 PM

        There are a few things at www.jlist.com

        p.s. At first I thought you meant like Benihana's of Tokyo, which in Tokyo is called Benihana's of New York. Go figure.

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          Louise RE: Nutritious Jane Nov 30, 2006 04:21 AM

          In Tokyo there's a whole street of restaurant supply shops, many of which specialize in plastic food, more types than the imagination could possibly conceive, amazingly convincingly rendered.

          If you ever get there, it's called Kappabashi, and is west of the very well known Asakusa Kannon temple. It's completely surreal. Of course, that was my opinion of most of Tokyo, or of Japan for that matter.

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            meamhungry RE: Nutritious Jane Jan 24, 2007 09:24 AM

            We just went to Kappabashi about 2 months ago. It really is something to be experienced. The entire street is filled with shops catering exclusively to restaurants. There's a handful of stores that carry only the plastic food models. The models are pretty expensive, but some stores have bargain bins and we found a really good ramen replica for $30, a donburi bowl for $15 and a sushi plate for only $10. They now sit on my fireplace mantle, waiting to be used for some juvenile trick.

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              BuildingMyBento RE: meamhungry Oct 27, 2013 10:12 AM

              I was interested in the fake food too, and was amused to find out on my first visit to Japan that it wasn't just for Japanese food. Pizzas, pastas, mapo doufu, ice cream (http://buildingmybento.com/2012/11/01...) and hamburg steak, to name but a few, have all been gussied up too.

              If you get to make it out to Japan, visit the town of Gujo Hachiman. You might be able to try your hand at making your own food models.

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              beachmouse RE: Nutritious Jane Jun 27, 2010 09:16 PM

              I was looking for other Japanese home decor items, and found a couple offerings here:

              http://www.japantrendshop.com/-c-38.h...

              Just keep scrolling down past the octopus ball maker, and you'll start to see them.

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                salsailsa RE: beachmouse Jun 29, 2010 04:21 AM

                Cool, but the prices are not so cool...

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