Imagine what that could do to your skin.
Japan recently went through a debilitating heat wave, with temperatures reaching up to 41 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) – the highest recorded in the country.
Evidence of just how hot the weather could be seen in restaurant windows, particularly the windows of the Oasis 21 café in Nagoya. Images show that their food replicas of matcha latte had melted, with the liquefied plastic pouring over the cup.
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Although the restaurant later came up with a clever way to fix their displays: they just flipped the cups, hoping that the material would later melt back in place.
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Interestingly, the concept of these plastic replicas – called ‘shokuhin sanpuru’ – have been around for 90 years.
Often made from various resins, the models serve to illustrate the meals being offered, as well as to make it easier for foreigners to order by simply pointing out the food that they like.
It’s even big business, according to a report by The Guardian.
Takizo Iwasaki, known as ‘the father of replica foods’, opened a workshop and production facility in the town of Gujo Hachiman in the 1930s. Now the town makes around US$90 million (AUS$123 million) annually from this oddly specific industry.
And thanks to the heat, they’re about to get new orders from a certain café in Nagoya.