Japanese Amezaiku/飴細工 (Candy sculpture)


Have you heard of amezaiku? No, what is it? It’s cool. He’s a kind of shokunin* or something…
*craftsman He makes it look like uh… sometimes
animals, sometimes… Yeah, they’re all [animals]… Insects? Kangaroo, panda, dinosaur, monkey, goldfish… …dragon, chicken, mouse, horse, uhh… Koala, bear, snake, tiger… Can you decide on one [an amezaiku]? You came to see the naked men today, right? Something different? I came to see the amezaiku No way! I bet you came to see the naked men You can’t help looking at their butts, right? Anything more than that I shouldn’t say Or maybe you came… …to win the lottery…
[some people make wishes
at hadaka matsuri] It’s my favorite animal Favorite animal? The octopus? Not for eating? I don’t ever eat octopus You eat it? You eat octopus? No, I don’t Get her some good takoyaki,
take her to a nice restaurant Does she know what’s in takoyaki? Octopus! She likes octopus as an animal, not food Really? Yay! He’s so nice!
[octopus wasn’t on the list] I love owl!
[he was making owls
for free with some orders] [but that’s not what he’s making now] That’s called hachimaki,
do you know what that is? It’s like a hair band, a head band…
a forehead… band… It’s an octopus with hachimaki

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  • William Albert

    I've seen this in the Japanese pavilion at Epcote Center in Orlando Fl twelve years ago. That pavilion was the best and had the drummers.The best drumming performance I've ever seen.The drumes have to be heard live because the effect can't be captured on recording IMO.

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  • Windy

    that's so cute 😀

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  • Magda Ulman

    Whats wrong with his hands O_o?

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  • Allya Asai

    ouch

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  • Erin Hogarty

    I love how he takes so much time to make each individual one. A lot of people would throw away their skill and focus on quantity instead of quantity. But you can see the time and effort he puts into every one.

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  • Kymberlee Crosley

    i heard a person say "kawaii" in the back ground for the little panda and i totally agree
    cuteness you can eat X3!

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  • rakusu

    I could just watch him make those all day and never get bored. It's amazing how he turns a lump of candy into a piece of art. I wish people did that here in Canada.

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  • robertha

    these unique talents are all over the world, you just gotta find it, so much land to explore though

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  • MrHippo00100

    I'd be more worried about the temperature than bacteria. I've had hot sugar stuck to my skin and it burns!

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  • kolina713

    I am a cephalopod lover too ^_^ <3

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  • Rachel and Jun

    YES!!!!!! Cephalopods are my favorite! High five!

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  • stripped35

    Wow…just Wow

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  • HeartEyesHowell

    would that hurt him?

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  • HeartEyesHowell

    the octopus?

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  • keg2014

    Oh my gosh!!! As sad as it is, I kinda want to come to Japan just to get one of these, then I'll leave XD
    That's so freaking cool!!!! <3 ^___^

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  • Oxana Dimova

    WOW!! What a talent!

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  • Mare

    i'd never dare to eat such pieces of art!!

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  • Julie Levesque

    How the hell would you expect him to be able to sculpt with gloves? They would just get in the way. And btw, do you go to the restaurant sometimes? Because I'm a cook, you know. And we only put on gloves to handle raw meat.

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  • Catarina

    so cute

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  • Allegiance

    Candy Skill Level: OVER 9000!!!

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  • spind4

    wont his hands get burned ?

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  • mariahrose

    This is so mesmerizing. I was curious, what was he using to paint the candy with?

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  • ilikebender

    Likely food colouring… You can get pens of the stuff…

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  • Melissa mcfall

    the fact that he can make animals and bugs out of candy and make them that fast is just awsome! i would never wang to eat it though. I would just keep it forever 🙂

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  • Melissa mcfall

    *want

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  • Enigura

    Notice how fast he's moving, and the order in which he creates the shape. He does everything he can do quickly at the start, so he doesn't burn his hand on the hot candy. And then once the candy has cooled, he does the details in which he has to handle it for longer. He's also likely done this for years and is probably used to it by this point.

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  • ixie122

    If you don't like it, don't get candy there. simple!

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  • Neceros

    5 months ago.

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  • han rong chen

    HIS FINGER IS BLEEDING.

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  • dakitticat

    I giggled so hard when I realized he was putting a hachimaki on the octopus x3 That's really cool, what a neat skill to have trained in. Did you ever eat it after all?

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  • natsu_karasu

    This is soooo awesome I can't wait to go there ^////^ ~♥

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  • thisisonlytowatchvid

    I recommend you read "Kraken", by China Miéville ;o)

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  • ILOVESJ01

    That is WAY 2 kool I wish I could learn how to do that

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  • Rin Kun

    I would never eat it ._.

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  • f0rgg13

    I like how he gives the middle finger wen painting… lol

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  • snyhssn

    That octopus is sooo cute with the headband!

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  • gabby valdez

    It would be cool to get one in a Zodiac sign he said horse dragon and a bunch of other stuff Mines a pig I didn't hear him read all of them off so Maybe,here's hoping for one day when I go to Japan

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  • Ashley Lamerson

    That was awesome, I have never seen candy made that way.

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  • XXPeanutSoldier

    sugoi. 🙂

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  • KTbeat

    THATS SOOOO COOLLLLLL!!!

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  • uSAgibomb

    how fantastic sculptures he make 😀

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  • NessaYoukai

    Lol the kangaroo kind of reminds me of mew too. It looks awesome though! I wanna try eating one just because I'd like to know what it tastes like >.>

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  • firestyle3

    That was…pretty darn cool.
    Loved your funny little octopus

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  • Natt Ojeda

    What kind of candy was used? Do you have idea? Is awesome btw 😀

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  • Lollipoploopz

    I especially loved watching him make the wings of the birds 🙂 Amazing! I would love this kind of job!

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  • Hli Vang

    this is amazing :() such and artist .. more people should do this 

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  • Caroline Vonne

    I'll pay you five-hundred dollars if you're going to sell the amezaiku >:D

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  • Matthew Haggard

    Cool video, love that he can take a challenge on the spot.

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  • Gleos

    His wife (I assume its his wife) Looks so effing bored haha.
    Great craftsmanship by the way! Outstanding!

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  • Sayuri Kinomoto

    This Reminds me of the Chinese malt candy man when I was young!!! The Chinese have this kind of candy art too, but they're made out of malt candy 🙂

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  • RAHZ C

    They use a candy base melted sugar to a certain temp, probably "soft ball" consistency (melted sugar term for candy making) 

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  • RAHZ C

    A lightly pulled sugar 

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  • RAHZ C

    Here in California, there was a place called Japanese Deer Park, no longer there, but they had older men/Amezaiku artists would make very elaborate, highly detailed    Amezaiku sculptures while walking around in a courtyard area,  they were really beautiful sculptures and the Amezaiku artists were highly skilled. 

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  • KajiRider1997

    So It like marzipan? In Sicily we have a few towns that have marzipan festivals (during pasqua and such) It used to be a nuns job though. https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/001/321/183/1842fa9511d0eca5737d2c01763b7ffa_large.jpg?1384349926 https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/223/449948324_314b14d79c.jpg

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  • y05077

    Did the translate feature on youtube mess up or did that man say "You came here to see naked men, I bet you can't stop looking at their butts"?

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  • Elisabete Vareiro

    amazing work!!

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  • Michelle Radulski

    Its a really cool thing to watch, but the entire time, I'm just imagining all the germs and crap that's going on this candy… No gloves… No washing of the hands… Then he puts stuff down and picks it up, then fondles the candy again… Its just….. Ew….

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  • Serjohn

    Is he using ink on the candy ?

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  • Rebeca Matos

    Hey, I want to put subtitles in Portuguese (Brasil) but it says that I can't 'cause there's no Japanese subtitle

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  • Hela Niflheim

    can we actually eat that one @@

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  • Kimiko Hoshina Bushby

    もう、懐かしすぎます!小さい頃住んでいた下町地元によく来てくれていました。また見られて光栄です。ありがとう。

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  • Adalmiina09

    Is that like a lollipop ? Peppermint or something ?? 

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  • Mochibear

    I could watch this forever! He is so talented!

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  • umalohokan

    I want to know what kind of candy he is using… I want to make one for new year as present, or try making one… (=´∇`=)

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  • callynelle

    Amazing! I wish one day, I can visit Japan~! >o<

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  • UnicornzAnonymous

    Can you eat them?

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  • Mike Hockenson

    That was very cool!

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  • 皆瀬由実

    見ていて笑顔になれた(´ω`)

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  • marixsa santos

    what a great man and very talented 

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  • Baby Ponk

    A true artist!

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  • ASMR Sounds of Japan

    I think I videoed the same guy here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkh5RaG-_KU

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  • Hoigwai

    Very cool, always neat to see speed sculpting like that. 8)

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  • phyerfly79

    Thank for not putting this video in the insane fast forwarding they do nowadays. 🙂

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  • Rachel and Jun

    ★Subtitles!★
    English
    German thanks to: Joana HaPunkt
    Hungarian thanks to: Tamás
    Portuguese
    French
    Dutch thanks to: Iris Z
    Italian

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  • adoesitall

    I could watch this forever 😍

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  • Livelovelifeeleni Positivity&Motivation♥☮

    awesome

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  • toni ann

    oh my goshz thia is hypnotising

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  • Natasha Berger

    octopuses are my favorite animal too.

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  • Windy

    1:16 the music matches so well at that part because as soon as he bent the neck, it looked like 10x better

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  • Windy

    it's nice how he really fine tunes everything, and not just leave it close enough and work faster. and making an octopus even though it's not on the list, and even adding the hachimaki… not just a vendor, but an artist 😀

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  • Flower of Hope Mistique Robin

    wow this is amazing!

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  • 愛宕湯

    いい動画をありがとう。子供のころを思い出しました。

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  • #やゆいまチャンネル

    ¥500…

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  • Amy Taylor

    Really cool ☺

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  • Jenny Tang

    I love your hair style~Rachel!You look so gorgeous!!!

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  • Huawei Huang

    これは、素晴らしいですね

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  • Sabcode

    Wow he's hands are so chapped, the dedication put into each piece is inspiring!

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  • Up and Adams

    I'm so glad I found this! I first saw amezaiku at EPCOT, but the artist (Miyuki) moved back to Japan, so I can't enjoy her creations in-person anymore.

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  • Voylin's life

    Japan has so many skilled artists in all aspects that you can think of

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  • Cotton Candy

    Stuff like this is why I want to go to japan…

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  • I Don't Need To Exist

    すごい^ – ^

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  • CrazyGirlForever

    2:05 the English captions lol

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  • Cressy

    "You came to see the naked mean today, right?" 😂😂 I can't

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  • mdsuki39

    この飴細工職人さん、よくYouTubeでアップされている有名な方ですね!
    生で見られて羨ましい〜

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  • Patrick Colfer

    The guy behind the counter is kinda a snuck😒🙄

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  • IStanStrayKids

    The man who sculptured then looked like my dad…

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  • the aphmau sniper gaming

    The man has talent. I would keep that. Too pretty to eat

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  • Li Mi

    id have that freeze dried and treasure one of each

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  • Li Mi

    "you came to see the naked men, right?"
    LMAO THIS GUY

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  • Tsuki Amako

    Amazing

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