I did a story last year on plastic food samples – the kind you see in the windows of restaurants and cafes everywhere in Japan. Well it was so interesting that I went back to the factory to take some photos of my own just before Christmas. (I was working with a photographer for the first story).
This is the company. It’s in a pretty run down and grey part of Tokyo. You’d have no idea of the technicolor weirdness going on inside.
Here is the president of the company holding two great big packets of plastic meat.
They use photos of the food to copy.
Now, the secret to plastic food, I found out, is that its made using real cooking equipment and techniques. This is a photo of one of the craftsmen at the company chopping a plastic cucumber roll!
The whole place was pretty surreal. There was fake food piled here and there as if they’d forgotten to clean up after an office party.
Would you realise this was made from plastic?
Here’s a slideshow with the whole set and captions.
Here’s a link to a gallery on my archive with all the photos: plastic food factory photos.