Americans in Tokyo for the Olympics may notice something odd about the food on display along Kappabashi Street: It’s plastic. Known as shokuhin sampuru, or sample food, it allows non-Japanese-speaking customers to see what’s available at a restaurant. For example, an American might not be familiar with nigiri, but a model makes clear it’s a form of sushi that’s...
The food in Kappabashi Street’s window displays looks real, but it’s not. It’s all plastic replicas of food, ready to be displayed in restaurant windows across Tokyo