'Smiling Sushi Roll’ offers treat for the eyes

'Smiling Sushi Roll’ offers treat for the eyes

"You might find my sushi rolls surprising or funny, or you might even find them disgusting. That is all OK; my rolls are a form of art rather than food," said Tama-chan, a makizushi (sushi roll) artist.

Her sushi rolls always invite a smile, whether they portray Antonio Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, Japanese salarymen exchanging business cards or more risque subject matter, such as a rope bondage scene. Tama-chan's sushi rolls make people happy even if they don't eat the lighthearted works.

"I want to express something new using a medium very familiar to Japanese, so for me, rice and nori seaweed are a natural choice," Tama-chan, who began sushi rolling as a form of expression around 2005, told The Japan News.

Her first book, "Smiling Sushi Roll" (Little More Co.), published recently, includes a detailed description of how to make a sushi roll reproduction of Edvard Munch's "The Scream," demonstrating how her rolls become art only after being cut so that the intricately designed cross-section is visible.

The entire text of the book is written in both Japanese and English.

Tama-chan explained that this decision "will help spread the message I roll into my nori creations."

 

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