Even their candy is taken to the next level; ironically, something so futuristic-seeming actually has roots in Japan’s past. The super-cute and intricate candy lollipops, called amezaiku, are a centuries-old form of folk art from the 17th – 19th centuries in Edo Japan.
Made simply with the use of one’s hands and a pair of scissors, an artist shapes color-dyed mizuame (a thick and sugary sweetener) into mini-sculptures. The detail is incredible, a veritable feast for the eyes.
Feast your eyes on these incredible works of candy art
DolphinFlipper immortalized forever.
All images courtesy of Takahiro Mizuki
TigerThe stripes look especially cool on this one. So precise!
Winnie the PoohA homegrown classic, in candy form.
DragonWe can't even draw a stick-figure dragon, so this is pretty impressive.
OctopusEight legs of adorable deliciousness.
RoseFrom afar, this seriously looks like a real rose.
UnicornImagine how wonderful this mythical animal will taste.