There were some cute items on display and for sale, including tape dispensers in the shape roll cakes! There were also items that were less than cute… such as replicas of dead fish on key chains. Unusual. But… functional?
We were given the option to make two tempura replicas of our choice, or one and also make lettuce.
To create the tempura effect, yellow wax is poured out over hot water from a few feet above. Then the wax item of choice is placed on top and dipped into the water and the wax wraps itself around the object for the most part. It creates a really cool effect and really does look like tempura at the end.
Making the lettuce was actually really fun because of the way the wax looks as you dip it below the water and let it spread. It creates this thin sheet of wax with a really interesting liquidy texture as it moves in this way. Here I am, mid-lettuce-making process and then proudly displaying my work.
Sights seen while walking through Asakusa in the Sensōji area.