Who doesn’t know the famous culinary art of Japan through its world famous dishes with sushi, takoyaki, tempura and more than hundreds of variations of soba and ramen? The great thing in this culinary art is that there is an infinite regional specialties found in different parts of this small country, even you will find the uniqueness in cooking in its smallest village also. However, near a century ago, the ultimate taste of Japanese food was restricted among its native people as the foreigners and tourists who didn’t speak or read any Japanese language, found it difficult to order those exotic dishes. To dissolve this language barrier, Japanese people invented a unique solution – Japanese display food.
- What Is Japanese Display Food?
Japanese are very particular to preserve their age-old culture and tradition. Therefore, you will find a large number of food places who prefer to stick to Japanese menus. Hence, many tourists had to miss out a large portion of Japanese diverse food culture since they had to go to those places that offered only English. Keeping in mind, Japanese people presented the awesome looking Japanese fake food or display food.
Even today, many small shops don’t have any English menu at all. So in a country that is famous for its own food credentials, most of the foreign tourists may face difficulties to access. However, with the invention of display fake food, the task of Japanese food exploration has become easier. Instead of menus, the customers in the restaurants are facilitated with display fake foods where they are presented some awesome looking artificial dishes that help them to place their order by visual display of the food.
- Lifesaver Fake Food
At the initial stage, these fake foods used to be prepared with wax. But with the advancement of science, it has been found that ingredients like plastic and silicone have more longevity than wax. That’s why nowadays, food replicas are brilliantly handcrafted with plastic and silicone and realistically represent the actual food to be served by the restaurants. It seems that a plastic example of your ordered food placed before you in the restaurant before you get the original one to eat.
Undoubtedly, by presenting the visual menu before the customers, the restaurants have made their task easier. Now the food lovers get the idea about any dish even when they are going to explore it for the first time.
- Cross-Cultural Communication
Undoubtedly, these display foods are working as the link between the non-Japanese customers and the staffs in the restaurants. Now going to a restaurant, all you need to do, is to point towards the food kept in the display and the restaurant staffs present exactly the same dish mentioned by you without any fail. There is no chance of miscommunication.
- Japanese Fake Food as Souvenirs
People are so keep with this art that they often prefer to take some souvenirs of these fake foods with them. Although these are quite expensive, but keeping in mind the ongoing demand of these food, several shops are now offering mini versions of these sampuru. These are the popular souvenir items for the Japanese as well as foreigner tourists in Japan.