Amezaiku is a Japanese style of art where the artist will craft a piece of taffy candy to make it look colorful and unique. These artists are almost like candy sculptors in a way because they use scissors and tweezers to design these edible sculptures that you can’t find anywhere else. This Japanese art form dates all the way back to the 8th century and is still used today.
Shinri Tezuka, a 27-year-old amezaiku artist, has a shop in Tokyo named Ameshin which sells this type of candy. The shop started getting attention last year when he put his unique candy out for display. Some of this candy took the form of wild creatures like frogs, turtles, tigers, and goldfish. It didn’t take long the shop to become a success. Now he has a second location and a whole new line of specially crafted candy to show to people.
His new lineup of candy features circular designs based on the patterns of Japanese Uchiwa fans. These are manual fans that Japanese people typically use to cool themselves off in the hot summer season. The array of designs includes pink florals, flying birds, and a group of Chidori plovers flying across an ocean wave.