Huong Ngo

By Huong Ngo

LifeBuzz Staff

Food Carvings So Intricate It Would Be A Crime To Eat Them.

In Japan, there is a special tradition of carving food called mukimono. If you've ever eaten at a fancy Japanese restaurant before, you might have had a plate come out with vegetables carved into various shapes such as a carrot into a bunny. Japanese artist Gaku has taken the basic art of food carving to a whole new level.

All he needs for his artwork is a fruit or vegetable from the grocery store and his own version of an x-acto knife. He uses the knife to carve out extremely intricate patterns and Japanese motifs. For fun, he'll even sometimes carve food into animals or characters from well known shows.

Check out some of his work below. We think you'll agree that it's almost too pretty to eat.

A pattern that looks like the traditional Japanese asanoha floral pattern intricately carved into a big piece of broccoli.

I wonder how long it took.

A kimikiko pattern carved into a kyo-imp (a type of taro root).

Just look at that preciseness and perfection!

A variety of Japanese patterns (wagara) carved into an apple.

It's carved so well that at first glance, it looks like it was drawn with red marker.

Traditional Japanese floral and wave patterns carved into radishes.

These radishes look so beautiful, I don't think I would ever be able to cut them up and cook them.

A banana carved into a dragon.

Very clever of him to incorporate both the actual banana and the banana peel.

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