Art and food, an absolutely winning combination. Japanese artist and sashimi lover Mikyoui00 cuts raw fish and gives life to incredible illustrations full of poetry and aesthetics.
If you are a sushi lover, then you probably know sashimi. Consumed in the same way as sushi or maki, sashimi, which means “cut body” in Japanese, comes in the form of a thin slice of raw fish eaten fresh. Considered a culinary art in its own right, sashimi can be created from different fish, such as salmon, tuna, dab or sea bream.
And thanks to this multitude of fish that can be cut into sashimi, Mikyoui00 had the idea to play with the different colors at his disposal to create illustrations of the most delicious kind. The artist gives the beautiful, salmon, snappers and others a different life. They become flamingos, dancers, goddesses, flowers, birds, figures of mythology and others.
His wish to instruct his child requires him to develop a brand new style of serving sashimi. Frequently displaying motifs of ladies in skirts and with long hair, the artist’s arrangements have drawn considerable interest through social media. Easily, one could believe the account belonged to some world-renowned chef, but Mikyoui00 claims to be an amateur who cooks at home.
When it comes to cutting, he states, he mainly learned his technique from videos on YouTube or other places around the net. Instagram is home to quite a few professional chefs’ accounts, so he also came to try his hand at recreating the dishes they showed off in their photos and videos at home.
Why do so many of his pieces feature the motif of women? “If I create an arrangement that’s really cute or ‘girly,’ it makes my son blush, so it’s just kind of fun to tease him a little like that,” he laughs. “At this point, though, it’s just easier to arrange the fish in shapes like skirts and long hair, which lends itself to a lot of female imagery. Most of my ideas for new arrangements are seasonal and come from things I see on TV or the Internet.”
Check out Mikyoui00 on Instagram to see his latest sashimi creations. Like the artist himself, maybe his forays into culinary craftwork will inspire you to try this delicious form of art yourself.