However, one day Japanese Instagram user mikyou (@mikyoui00) started out intending to do some tsurumori, but ended up instead arranging the sashimi into the shape of a young woman instead. That got him wondering what else he could do with this largely untapped artistic medium, and now he regularly shares photos of his jaw-dropping sashimi art creations.
The graceful lines of the sashimi slices lend themselves well to billowy fashions and flowing hair, and princesses, of both the Disney and warrior variety, appear regularly in mikyou’s work.
Disney princesses (like Jasmine, above) aren't the only culinary creations mikyou makes.
While you might expect someone with so obvious an appreciation for seafood to get all of their ingredients at a pricey specialty market, mikyou says he just picks up his sashimi at his local grocery store in Matsuyama, the capital of Ehime Prefecture.
Being on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea means that there’s always a supply of delicious, fresh fish at reasonable prices, and though he makes extensive use of sashimi mainstays like tuna and salmon, he also uses amberjack, grunt, herring, and other types of seafood to get just the right color and luster.
The feathery shape also allows for majestic angels, valiant knights and winged valkyries.
In the beginning, mikyou would plan his artwork out ahead of time, sketching a design and envisioning how to divide it up into sashimi slices before doing anything else. These days, however, he usually lays out the sashimi first, then lets inspiration strike as he’s looking at his available materials, and then artistically arranges them then and there.
However, while Japan is big on beautiful visual presentation, one thing it doesn’t like is wasting food, so mikyou and his family eat each and every one of his creations. He also uses chopsticks, not his hands, when arranging the pieces and tries to minimize the amount of times he has to touch them, in order to avoid diminishing their flavor.
The majority of mikyou’s creations are completely original designs, but he also dabbles in a bit of pre-established character art, like with these salutes to the One Piece anime/manga franchise’s Nami and Sanji.
He’ll also occasionally use cubed cuts for sashimi pixel art, like here with Nintendo’s Super Mario.
And while mikyou is unquestionably skilled at creating scenes of romance and adventure…
He can also make sashimi look achingly gorgeous even when it just looks like sashimi! We can't wait to see what graces his Instagram and dinner table next!
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