Makizushi, or “rolled sushi,” is a cylindrical roll of sushi generally wrapped in seaweed. Apart from being a delicious and healthy snack, it is also an excellent way to express yourself, as self-proclaimed illustrator and makizushi artist Takayo Kiyota proves by injecting a wide variety of images into his sushi.
When preparing makizushi, the ingredients are placed on rice and the chef will use a bamboo mat to roll everything together. The makizushi is then cut into 6 or 8 pieces, revealing the ingredients. In the case of Kiyota, or Tama-chan as he likes to be known, the ingredients reveal anything from aliens to buxom beauties.
Tama-chan never knows quite how his pieces of edible art are going to turn out, a great deal of visualization, and little bit of luck go a long way during his work process. Speaking with Spoon & Tamago, the artist said:
Facial expressions are especially difficult because small ingredients or overly exerted force when wrapping can completely throw things off. It’s always a special moment when I make the first incision to reveal the image.
Take a look through the gallery to get a sense of just how detailed Tama-chan’s work can get: