While most people have toast for breakfast, this Japanese artist uses it as her canvas to create art. She is Manami Sasaki, who is an undisputed master of toast art that she bases on Japanese themes.
Sasaki’s toast art differs from that of other toast artists. While the latter focus on the art, more than the health value of edible ingredients, she values the health benefits of the ingredients first. She ensures that whatever ingredients she uses are good for her health.
What really started her off on toast art she explains on vogue.com, “The reason I started doing toast art was lockdown. I was spending an hour and a half commuting to work, but working from home led me to wake up late and get lazy. I wanted to get up early in the morning and create a morning routine that would excite me. That’s when I started the toast art for breakfast.”
Sasaki’s toast art is inspired by anime characters, Japanese dances, Japanese paintings, and Japanese rock gardens. And, of course, the healthy food ingredients for her toast art come from her Japanese kitchen and usually comprise items, such as fish, nuts, seaweed, sour cream, and tomatoes.
Sasaki explains her creative process on boredpanda.com, thus, “I decide on a theme the night before. I also think about what ingredients I’d like to eat tomorrow and finally decide on a theme for the next day’s toast. After that, I go to the grocery store, where I incorporate new ingredients I’ve discovered, and go home to create. About sixty percent of the work is completed the night before. I get up in the morning, finish it, shoot it, and then eat it.”
According to her, a typical toast creation takes her about three hours, depending upon its complexity. However, she took six hours for one of her creations. Usually, she chooses a theme that is not hard to work on. And the best part of the process for her is to see the toasted art being baked and enjoying the aroma of the freshly baked bread. She has over 47,000 followers on Instagram alone.