Sometimes you really can have it all! Or so many Japanese consumers believe after the latest creation by the homegrown artist, Masatatsu Kajikawa. Two things that have almost become synonymous with Japan are mobile phones (and their cases) and sushi. Kajikawa brings the two together by sculpting perfectly designed fake sushi to provide some pizzazz to iPhones.

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According to one Japanese-based researcher, when you live in Tokyo, a city with over 30 million people, you want to find a way to stand out among the crowd. And since Japan invented the decorative phone industry, a regular colored case simply won’t do. To put things in perspective, the customization of phone cases in Japan generates over $83 million per year. These decoden, as they’re known in Japan, grew out of the larger cultural phenomenon of ‘omamori,’ the charms and trinkets which have been a staple in the country for centuries.

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Into this crowded marketplace, Kajikawa has made quite the name for himself. Using his skills as an artist, he handmade each case out of high quality plastic resin so that it perfectly resembled the raw fish version. After the initial demand for his cases was so great, Masatatsu combined forces with other artists who specialize in the creation of fake sushi, to get his cases to a wider audience. But he swears that he will never mass produce his cases, which is part of the appeal for the buyers who want to remain unique.

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Currently his cases sell on Amazon Japan for between $45 and $70 and he averages around 1,000 sales per month. His most popular designs include a gigantic piece of salmon sashimi, fried shrimp, a traditional sushi roll, chunky maguro tuna, and amaebi (sweet shrimp). Not only do these delicious looking cases help individuals stand out, but they also work as stands to help people watch videos on their phones.

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However, if you’re in the market for your own sushi-inspired phone case, make sure that you do your homework before buying anything. Other designers have witnessed the popularity of the cases and begun creating their own versions, although they are made on 3D printers, rather than by hand. There’s also the small problem that some cover the phone completely, including the camera and flash. Android phone cases featuring sushi are also in development.

So, are you happy to see this story, or is that just a giant piece of fake shrimp in your pocket?

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Jamie Butler

Jamie Butler

I'm a former publicist, now pensioner, who lives outside of London with my husband and am enjoying my free time, especially with both daughters gone to university.