Artist Creates Beautiful Patterns On Fruits And Vegetables By Hand-Carving Intricate Designs

For you and me, an apple is just an apple, and a tomato… you get the logic. But for Japanese artist Tomoko Sato, they’re blank canvases ready to be filled with delicate art.

You see, Tomoko visited Thailand back in 2004 and fell in love with the traditional Thai carving craft. She learned the skill, came back to Kyoto, and shifted from woodworking to carving fruits and vegetables.

Today, Tomoko turns ordinary foods into intricate edible sculptures. Beautiful ornaments, symmetrical patterns, out-of-this-world shapes, all created by hand, reveal Tomoko’s incredible skill and unique talent. And if there’s a watermelon out there I’d be regretful to eat, no matter how delicious it’d be, it would be one that’s been in the hands of Tomoko.

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wandile dludlu4 days ago

The Japanese were put on this earth to just make the rest of us feel bad about ourselves36ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#2 

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Violet Grey4 days ago

ho ho hOLY S**T16ReplyView more comments#3 

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Dorothy Parker4 days ago

Mind blowing.12ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

 Known in Thai as kae sa luk, fruit carving is an art form that requires extreme dedication, subtlety, and an eye for detail. Any fruit or vegetable can become a work of art in the hands of a skilled fruit carver, like cucumbers, apples, or strawberries. One of the most popular choices is watermelon, which is commonly carved into layered flowers, three-dimensional roses, intricate petals, and even delicate swans.

It’s commonly believed that fruit carving originated in China during the Tang Dynasty, which lasted from AD 618-906. Today, these edible pieces of art are not only used in cultural and traditional ceremonies, they can also be found in households, hotels, and restaurants. 

Meanwhile, in Thailand, fruit carving is an art and craft in its own right. The first watermelon carvings date back to the Sukhothai dynasty that ruled in the XIV century.#4 

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Calvin Suzuki4 days ago

Wooowwww the red makes it so pretty11ReplyView more commentshttps://4ac238d6a979a1e3d6963855065ab8e4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html#5 

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Rabbit Carrot4 days ago(edited)

I wonder how they did this without the fruit changing colour and drying out.27ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#6 

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That Guy4 days ago

WHY DID IT HAVE TO GET CUT UP?????5ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

The legend says that during the reign of King Phra Ruang, in 1364, the Lady Nang Noppomart wanted her raft to stand out amongst the others in the festival. So she took a flower as a template and carved it into a vegetable. She also carved a tiny bird to sit in the flower. Her skills are said to have impressed King Phra Ruan so much that he decided all Thai women should master it.

These days, fruit and vegetable carvings have gone mainstream and reached Western audiences. It’s widely incorporated into luxury cuisine, wedding displays, and lavish decors.#7 

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Edan Min4 days ago

It’s an optical illusion. Is it going deeper in the middle or is your mind just tricking you?5ReplyView more comments#8 

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Edan Min4 days ago

Some awesome squash carving right here7ReplyView more commentshttps://4ac238d6a979a1e3d6963855065ab8e4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html#9 

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Dorothy Parker4 days ago

Resembles a brain.7ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#10 

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Calvin Suzuki4 days ago

Looks like scallop4ReplyView more comments#11 

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Jasmine Donald4 days ago

wow… Japanese people are so artistic!3ReplyView more comments#12 

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Jasmine Donald4 days ago

Amazing, beautiful, extraordinary…2ReplyView more comments#13 

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Tabitha L4 days ago

Amazing.5ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

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KATELYN BERRYMAN4 days ago

fire!3Reply#15 

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KATELYN BERRYMAN4 days ago

It is so beautiful and then my best art is maybe a heart shaped bite out of it.5ReplyView More Replies…#16 

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Edan Min4 days ago

Pineapple-cucumber?6ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#17 

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Aria Whitaker4 days ago

That cantaloupe!!4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

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Maureen Peters2 days ago

Beautiful, this geometric symbol.1Reply#19 

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TheIsleOfSkye2 days ago

Their hands must be so agile because this looks so delicate2ReplyView more comments#20 

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Maureen Peters2 days ago

What an graceful butternut squash!1ReplyView more comments#21 

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Mark Serbian4 days ago

*Gasp* !!! Amazing!3Reply#22 

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KATELYN BERRYMAN4 days ago

the precision…2ReplyView more comments#23 

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Capelli rosa e patate3 days ago

My god it’s like feathers. My mind is officially blown 1Reply#24 

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Edan Min4 days ago

If this was what the evil queen offered to snow white…8ReplyView more comments#25 

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Calvin Suzuki4 days ago

Avocado be like: 11:00 nah 11:30 nah 11:45 maybe 10:00 YESSS 10:01 nah9ReplyView more comments#26 

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KATELYN BERRYMAN4 days ago

I wonder what happened after these, like I kind of hope no one ate the fruits…1Reply#27 

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Carole Deem3 days ago

imagine this as a bedside lamp2ReplyView more comments#28 

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reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee4 days ago

wotrmelon grenade lol3Reply#29 

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Maureen Peters2 days ago

Network!1Reply#30 

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Jasmine Donald4 days ago

wow… this is so detailed!!3ReplyView more comments

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