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.

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.

More info: Instagram (h/t)

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Nancy Arnold
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2 years ago

Wow now if only you could put a light inside

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Fillippa Nöel
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2 years ago

It will change colour too

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Michel M. Prins
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2 years ago

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

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Kristi Zoebelein
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2 years ago

Does this make anyone else uncomfortable?

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Ivory Williams
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2 years ago

What food is this?

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Lillian Chesak
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2 years ago

It sorta looks like a pinecone

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Hans
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2 years ago

And gone in a single bite. :)

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Bel Panado
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2 years ago

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

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Priyanka
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2 years ago

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

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Hans
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2 years ago

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

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Elin Taylor
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2 years ago

how did they connect the loops!?!

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Harvey Tydeman
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2 years ago

sort of looks like frost

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Lucina Sandoval-Gordon
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2 years ago

O god. I can't with this one. Triphobia!!!!!

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Madeline Tuohey
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2 years ago

It kind of looks like an onion.

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Panka Marczell
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2 years ago

Kraken, is it you?

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The dastardly Penguin
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2 years ago

Dragon ball! First btw

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Harvey Tydeman
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2 years ago

how to get kids to eat vegetables

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Mitchell Peterson
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2 years ago

wow looks like a real rose

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daniellabob
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2 years ago

Mandala Apple!!!

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Miyuki Nohara
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2 years ago

with fruit punch inside, plus chopped fruit hmmmmmmmmm yummy !!!

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Dawn “Moonstone” Suns
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2 years ago

UPVOTE THIS! IT NEEDS MORE POINTS!

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Lärry
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2 years ago

Mine!

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daniellabob
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2 years ago

Fibonacci !!!!

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Vyara Arabadzhieva
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2 years ago

My favourite 😊👍

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Jasmine Lamb
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2 years ago

His poor hands, great work though!

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Ivory Williams
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2 years ago

Awesomeness!

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Nic Schoowert
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2 years ago

Gomu gomu nooooooooooo!

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