• Mikyoui00 says he discovered his knack for sashimi art by accident. (Mikyoui00/Instagram)Source: Mikyoui00/Instagram
Meet the average Japanese dad taking the art of plating to the next level.
By
Lucy Rennick

28 Jun 2019 - 3:30 PM  UPDATED 8 Jul 2019 - 11:14 AM

The Japanese man behind the mesmerising Instagram account Mikyoui00 isn't an artist. He's not even classifying himself as anything more than an amateur cook.

Nevertheless, he's creating plates of edible art using delicately and deliberately placed slices of raw fish — and growing a sizeable online following as a result. What we could've told him from the get go: when your method to get your kid to eat dinner is this inventive, fans are expected. 

FOOD = ART
This Japanese artist has made a flip-book style dessert
As you cut into the chocolate and jelly log, a different image is revealed.

Mikyoui00 says he discovered his knack for sashimi art by accident, while attempting to recreate the classic crane arrangement with fugu (pufferfish) for his family. Turning to YouTube for inspiration to instill in his son a love of food preparation, Mikyoui00 discovered a world of sashimi art available to those with good produce, sharp knives and an eye for detail.

Luckily, Mikyoi00 resides in Matsuyama, Ehime, – a prefecture known for its premium grade fish (the fish market in the Mitsuhama Old Area is a major tourist attraction). What began in 2017 as a fun way to share his newfound hobby with friends and family on Instagram, soon blossomed into a fully-fledged art project, and is currently reaching an audience of more than 61,000 on the image-sharing platform.

TOO GOOD TO EAT?
Have you tasted these cartoon-like custard buns?
Hong Kong tourists with a strong stomach are participating in a different kind of local activity: and it involves custard buns.

"My family and I often eat sashimi, and it's really easy to get fresh seafood in Matsuyama," Mikyoui00 tells Buzzfeed. "We're quite picky about the flavour, and as a result I usually do a lot of preparation before I make the sashimi art so that I can arrange it [as] quickly as possible after slicing.

"I'm the only one in my family who gets any enjoyment out of these creations."

"I'm the only one in my family who gets any enjoyment out of these creations," he adds, which, considering his online following, comes as a surprise.

PRETTY
These Japanese lollipops blow Chupa Chups out of the water
The skill in this hundreds-year-old art form is moulding the lollipops in under 3 minutes.

Mikyoui00 brings characters to life on the plate, everything from dancing ladies adorned with coriander stems, edible flowers, ice skaters and fairies to dragons, Disney princesses and fish swimming in a pond. Even an 8-bit Mario makes an appearance. His works have a dreamy, fairy tale quality to them – all feathered edges and soft lines.

There's also Rapunzel from Tangled.

Ariel:

And a witch for Halloween:

All this with slices of raw salmon, sea bream, flounder, kingfish and tuna.

Has Tetsuya Wakuda even seen these?

We're expecting Mikyoui00 to make it big any day. Until then, he seems content to claim the title of amateur sashimi chef/dad of the year, and stands as a near-perfect case in point for learning a new skill on YouTube as soon as possible.

Keep up with Mikyoui00's fishy creations on Instagram.

FOOD WAS MADE FOR ART
All of these dresses were made of chocolate
The Beirut Cooking Festival sent models down the catwalk in eye-catching chocolate numbers.
This Japanese artist makes lovely lamps from bread
You could say this creative bread-lover is on a roll.
See what this artist does with Australia’s favourite stone fruit
Just when you might be ready to give up on avocado, there's this.
Unicorn food is taking over because we all need a bit of magic right now
Because who doesn’t love baked goods in the form of mythical creatures?
Lick your lips over these (sadly) inedible Lego treats
Lego has never looked so delicious!
Red velvet lattes and rainbow art take coffee to a whole new place
Your morning brew has never been so perky.