Playing with your food isn't always a bad thing. A Japanese artist, who goes by the name Gaku on Instagram, has raised it to an art form, carving intensely intricate patterns into everyday fruits and vegetables.


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Gaku, who began posting his work on Instagram about 8 months ago, practices the traditional Japanese art of mukimono, which literally means "stripped product". It became a popular form of food presentation during the 16th century in Japan, and spread to Thailand shortly after. It is now an important culinary ritual in both countries.

Due to oxidization, fruit carvers have to work fast, making Gaku's art even more impressive. Gaku, according to Spoon & Tamago, eats all of his projects when finished.

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Nancy Arnold 2 months ago

Wow now if only you could put a light inside

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Fillippa Nöel 2 months ago

It will change colour too

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Michel M. Prins 2 months ago

I love this one! Very creative idea for something as small as this

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Kristi Zoebelein 2 months ago

Does this make anyone else uncomfortable?

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Ivory Williams 2 months ago

What food is this?

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Lillian Chesak 2 months ago

It sorta looks like a pinecone

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Hans 2 months ago

And gone in a single bite. :)

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Bel Panado 2 months ago

Don't get me wrong, this is totally good. I just felt uncomfortable looking at them.

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Priyanka 2 months ago

It's very pretty but looking at it is giving me odd feelings

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Hans 2 months ago

How did he achive that the apple did not turn brown?

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