Artist Takayo Kiyota finds her canvas in rice, turning sushi rolls into artworks. Tara Cleary reports.
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A sushi roll is just a sushi roll … except when it's an artwork.
Takayo Kiyota is taking rice and seaweed to new creative heights.
The Japanese artist has made 200 different sushi roll designs and she says she found her inspiration close to home.
SOUNDBITE: Takayo Kiyota, sushi art creator, saying (Japanese):
"For Japanese it's almost unheard of for a house to not have rice and seaweed. Even when I lived alone I had that. So I thought that I could make something with that and that's how I started."
Her designs range from simple faces to replicas of historic paintings and even sushi rolls whose images change with each slice.
And Kiyota is not hiding her sushi roll skills - she hosts a workshop teaching others how to produce their own culinary masterpieces.
SOUNDBITE: Junko Saito, class participant, saying (Japanese):
"It feels like I've made my own artwork, more than making food. You can eat it, but it's also your own creation. It was great fun."
And for those hungry to learn more about her quirky food art, Kiyota has published a bilingual book called "Smiling Sushi Roll".
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