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Kumi Matsumaru
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014

Food, Asia

'Smiling Sushi Roll’ offers treat for the eyes

The Yomiuri Shimbun/ANN | Kumi Matsumaru | Sunday, Apr 20, 2014

"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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