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Chirimen

A beautiful spread of food here, all made with chirimen.
A beautiful spread of food here, all made with chirimen.

Chirimen is a traditional Japanese weaving technique that was first developed about 500 years ago. The cloth fabric that is made using this technique is also known as chirimen.

I came across this wonderful display of chirimen foods set out for New Years and other occasions. They had all been made by one lady and were on display at the Doll Museum in Yokohama.

The fish looked wonderful.
The fish looked wonderful.
Great detail in these foods.
Great detail in these foods.
Very festive.
Very festive.
You could sit down and have this New Year Day meal straight away.
You could sit down and have this New Year Day meal straight away.
Chirashi Sushi ready for New Year Day made with chirimen.
Chirashi Sushi ready for New Year Day made with chirimen.
These mikan were good enough to eat. Wonderful display of artwork.
These mikan were good enough to eat. Wonderful display of artwork.

Have you ever seen these types of displays?

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13 comments

Renechong January 10, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Some of those chirimen food looks better than real food ^^

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Neksus January 10, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Strange thing from Japan… again 🙂

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Protocol Snow January 10, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Oh wow, very beautiful. Do you know any stores that sell these? I know at Kappabashi there’s quite a few stores selling plastic food models, but this is a step above.

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whipcracker January 11, 2010 at 3:01 am

These mikan do look ready to eat.

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whipcracker January 11, 2010 at 3:03 am

A lovely bento box display.

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whipcracker January 11, 2010 at 3:11 am

RT @tweetmeme Chirimen, Japan Culture | Shibuya246 http://ow.ly/1mR8oO A brilliant display of expert craftsmenship. The people who do this kind of craft are quite skilled at what they do. The whole display is truely a masterpiece. And I have never seen anything like this done before. Ready to eat?

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rob7138 January 11, 2010 at 6:27 am

Such beautiful displays of art. Talk about patience when creating something like this.

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Brad F. January 11, 2010 at 6:33 am

That’s a really awesome display. I wonder how long it took her to put it together?

I wonder though, why are there cannabis leaves to the left of the fish?

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Ichiro January 11, 2010 at 7:54 am

These are not cannabis leaves. I think they are supposed to be Japanese maple leaves.

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HELLOSHEENA January 11, 2010 at 7:38 am

Beautiful!!!

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salvidali January 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I have never seen such a display before – it’s really impressive !!

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salvidali January 11, 2010 at 3:41 pm

This fish looks like I could eat it !!

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katiemuffett January 13, 2010 at 4:30 pm

There are artisan-style cafe’s I’ve been into who would give their right arm for displays like these. Maybe some have? It’s art, but advertising in a quirky way. I love the mikan as well!

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