Ame Yoshihara sculpts taffy candy into adorable “Amezaiku” animals, a traditional Japanese folk art that dates back to the 700s. This video from SweetsTales showcases his craftsmanship, as well as Ame-pyon, Yoshihara’s charming rabbit mascot that he invented. Watch it dance in a brief stop motion clip made from multiple candy figurines. From ana-cooljapan.com:
When you first open the door of Amezaiku Yoshihara workshop in Sendagi, Tokyo, you’ll smell the sweet scents of vanilla and mizu-ame (thick gomme syrup). Then you’ll see a tiny parade of fantastic shapes snipped with small scissors from the soft liquid candy — mouse, tiger, flower, doll, and many more charming creations…
Ame-zaiku combines live performances with candycraft sales. Mr. Yoshihara himself gives ame-zaiku-making shows regardless of where he is — at a festival or in a store — while treasuring his conversations with candycraft fans.
SweetsTales, by the way, is a treasure trove of Japanese dessert videos.
Related reading: Spoon and Tamago’s Realistic Animal Lollipops Created By Amezaiku Artist Shinri Tezuka. If you’re ever in Tokyo, both Tezuka and Yoshihara provide classes that older kids can attend.