We’ve known for a long time that almost all Japanese people love cute and original things. And their inventions surprise the world all the time. And of course, food is something they pay a lot of attention to. This is why you can find bird-like rice balls, potato ice cream, and animal-shaped cookies in Japan.

We at Enlighten think that Japanese people’s ability to turn the most regular foods into something original is amazing. And at the end of the article, there’s a bonus feature that proves people in Japan love experimenting with foreign foods too.

“Ice cream from the Yamagata Prefecture. It’s so beautiful — I want you to know it exists!”

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“I made kiwi cookies and sorted them this way.”

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Have you ever seen such cute 3D-latte art?

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Traditional Japanese sweets for those that love birds

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Just a few touches to make the meal even more attractive

“I ordered a strawberry biscuit. This is amazing!”

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An unusual jelly cake

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These sweets were inspired by the spring onion.

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Spring onion is so popular in Japan, it’s even sold pre-cut!

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You can also serve rice in a simple but original way.

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Or you can get creative with it!

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“Got some amazing cat-shaped cookie cutters and a Japanese baking book for Christmas. I ended up making cat-shaped black sesame cookies and they’re surprisingly good!”

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“My first time making a deco roll! I’m not the best at baking cakes (still on attempt 30 at Japanese cheesecake), so I was shocked at the result when I made this. I’m very happy with the taste, texture, and appearance.”

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A delicious cake with a lot of fruit

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2 pieces of potato ice cream in a sweet baked potato

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“Summer wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets”

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“A completely insane Japanese pancake tower (and this was a half order)!”

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“Melting ice mint chocolate with a lot of hot chocolate on top”

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“Strawberry syrup waterfall”

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“My first attempt at Japanese Chigiri pull-apart bread!”

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And this is what you get when you get really good.

Bonus: “Decided to make a traditional Spanish churro that looks like a cactus…”

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“…and this is what happened!”

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Do you like Asian cuisine? What have you tried cooking at home?