These beautiful, realistic candy animals are from Japanese confectioner Shinri Tezuka of Ameshin. The shop, found in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, uses a 1300-year-old art called Amezaiku that involves mixing sugar, water, cornstarch and organic coloring for sculpting candy. According to Tezuka:
(translated) Retention of candy crafted a traditional technology of Japan, and aims to further develop stand-up candy goldsmiths population, it is “candy crafted Ameshin”. And holding a workshop store in Tokyo’s Asakusa, manufacture and sale of candy craft, production demonstration, made-to-order production, we do hold, etc. of experience classroom. In addition, across the country of the event, also business trip production demonstrations and business trip experience classroom such as at a party, etc.
They’re really too pretty to eat!
See more examples and a video after the break.
(Spoon & Tamago via Laughing Squid)