Japan has a long-standing reputation for achieving astonishing feats of miniaturization in mechanical devices and electronics, but it’s also an aesthetic principle found in such artforms as bonsai trees, for example.
Japanese artist (and doll enthusiast) よもぎの幸せ Yomogi no Shiawase (@yomogiminiature), which literally means “Yomogi’s Happiness,” specializes in making miniature replicas of Japanese food and drink, with a particular affinity for Japanese sweets, bread, and the drinks that accompany them. She also makes intricately detailed tea sets, trays, plates, and more. Completely self-taught, and using resin clay and UV resin, she makes 1/8 size miniatures that look so delicious they could make any doll, doll collector, or miniature collector drool!
Let’s take a look at some of her gorgeous Japanese sweets. The 10 yen coin provided for scale measures just under an inch (23.5 mm) in diameter.
You’ve surely seen them in manga or anime. Dango are chewy round dumplings made from rice flour mixed with uruchi rice flour and glutinous rice flour and usually bought in sets of three to five on a bamboo or wood skewer and served with various seasonings.
Here we have a mitarashi dango みたらし団子 basted in a sweet and salty soy-based syrup on the left, followed by a Botchan dango 坊っちゃん団子 and a Madonna dango マドンナ団子, two specialties from Ehime Prefecture. Behind them are two examples of nerikiri 練り切り, a type of Japanese wagashi made by kneading and mixing sweetened white bean jam, Chinese yam, and glutinous rice flour, and a popular medium for wagashi artists to express their artistic skill with beautiful colors and designs. The one on the left is asagao 朝顔 (Morning Glory) and the one on the right is himawari ひまわり (Sunflower). There’s also an elegantly decorated cup filled with Japanese green tea. Of course, the lacquer tray and plate …continue reading