Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Not About Food >
May 3, 2009 08:14 PM

Preserving plastic food from Japan?

When I was in Kappabashi, Tokyo I got a bowl of plastic food--the kind you see in all the restaurant windows in Japan. I've been at a loss on how to best display it.

I remember that my dad had a plastic sundae in the house that basically got ruined when it got dusty because it wasn't washable with water.

Is there anything I can do to keep this amazing creation looking new or must it be displayed under glass? Any suggestions?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I have to laugh because I have always wanted to buy these myself but have never been anywhere where they were for sale.

    The only thing I can suggest is maybe washing them on a semi regular basis. A toothbrush would probably help clean the dust out of the grooves. I think the combination grease/dust build-up is what ruins them.

    Good luck (me, sitting here enviously of your plastic japanese food...)

    1. An aerosol can of compressed air should be able to blow away the dust. Any office supply or computer store should carry it.