First off, I’d like to say I had a helluva time deciding if I wanted this post under the Manga category or the Living category 😀 Having said that, these whimsical and quirky Mangazara (literally, “manga plates”) are a tongue-in-cheek tribute to those giant sheets of paper that are the boon and the bane of every manga artist’s existence.
Mangazara are flat dinner plates with manga-style sound effects on them, to emphasize the food being presented. The design revolves around the sound and feel a food item conveys when eaten. Mangazara use the sound effects for “crunch” (for fried foods), “slip-n’-slide” (for pasta), and my personal favorite — “Ta-Dah!!!”, for a juicy cut of pork or beef.
Conceptualized as a thesis project by artist Tsutai Mika of the Kyoto Institute of Technology, Tsutai said she just wanted to do a project that would surprise and delight people. Along with the plates, Tsutai also did the food styling and art direction for the photos that depict her final product.
Photos from Manga-zara by Tsutai Mika.