Amezaiku is the ancient Japanese tradition and art of making hyper realistic animal lollipops and it’s being made famous again by 26 year-old Shinri Tezuka. The tradition originates from the 8th century and the technique remains the same, each one is crafted by an artist who often has to endure painfully high temperatures when working with the hot candy.
Shinri is now one of only a few people who are keeping the art of Amezaiku alive. He opened his own shop in 2013 called ‘Ameshin’ and sells the sweets to the public. The lollipops are made from sugar, syrup and starch and they get their colour from organic food dye.