A food sample is a model of a food item of the sort seen in the fronts of restaurants. Today food samples are praised as art and are even made into smartphone cases and other tchotchke, which are popular among many people worldwide.
Gujo-Hachiman, Gifu, is the number one producer of food samples in Japan.
Sample Kobo, which is located in a 150-year-old traditional merchant house, is a tourist facility where visitors can look at, touch and try making food samples. The workshop section of Sample Kobo is particularly recommended. There visitors can actually try their hand at making food samples. Participants first listen to an explanation from the staff, and then spend 20 to 60 minutes actually making various samples including vegetables, tempura and sweets. Participants can take the samples they make home with them, of course.
There are many other highlights to Sample Kobo, including the store where various sample goods are on display, the sample exhibit and the production workshop where visitors can watch professionals make food samples.