Japanese Artist Handcrafts Candy Animals to Carry on the Tradition of Amezaiku

Japanese amezaiku artisan Takahiro Yoshihara crafts a menagerie of candy animals by molding, stretching, and cutting hot taffy made primarily from corn syrup. Amezaiku started in Japan as a way to give offerings at temples during the Heian period and became an art practiced by street merchants and storytellers. Yoshihara carries on this storyteller tradition with his rabbit character Amepyon, the mascot for his candy shop in the Sendagi district of Tokyo.

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