It would be remiss of me to ignore that this would be a horrible prank to pull on someone, tempting though it may be. Japanese artist Seiji Kawasaki works with tiny pieces of wood and sculpts them into incredibly realistic and appetizing morsels of food.
From salty sardines, to spicy red peppers, and even bars of sweet chocolate, surprisingly delicious-looking foods emerge from the whittled wood. Though exquisite, these works of art also serve a very real purpose; that of chopstick holders.
Born in Numazu, Japan in the Shizuoka Prefecture in 1984, Seiji grew up and went to Tohoku University hoping to earn a degree in engineering. However, he dropped out in 2013 and began to pursue his artistic talents.
His subsequent work and evolution of his skills have garnered him considerable attention in Japan, having been covered by the media and Japanese TV since 2014. That was also the year he started to carve realistic foods from pieces of wood and put them in exhibitions.
The sheer appetizing nature of the food makes one hungry, even though we ‘know’ these are made of wood. It is a fantastic illusion that completely fools the mind and speaks to the artist’s attention to detail and incredible talent.