Japan has a rich tradition of food carving named mukimono. If you’ve ever eaten at an elegant restaurant in Japan you might have found a carrot carved into a bunny. But in the hands of Japanese artist Gaku, the art of fruit and vegetable carving is taken to a next level.
One limitation to carving fruits and vegetables is that sometimes you need to work fast. The moment a skin is removed, oxidization will begin to discolor your artwork. Loaded with an x-acto knife and a fruit or vegetable from the grocery store, Gaku creates complex patterns that are often caused by traditional Japanese themes.
Gaku states that the banana is an excellent fruit to train with because it’s cheap and easy to carve.
You can check out more of Gaku’s pieces on his Instagram account.