GB START: APRIL 29 2021
GB END: MAY 30 2021
ETA: Q3 2021
Near the Japanese city of Osaka there’s a quiet community called Matsuzuka where you’ll find a man running a takoyaki stand. This friendly gentleman prepares takoyaki, a small ball-shaped snack made with batter, pieces of octopus, and other ingredients, topped with a tangy sauce and flakes of laver and dried bonito.
He lays out heated trays filled with half-sphere indentations and pours the batter across them. As it cooks the sprinkles chopped octopus, green onions, tempura scraps, and seasoning. Taking a metal skewer, he skillfully separates each takoyaki and flips it over, using quick, smooth motions that speak to how many thousands of times he’s done this through the years. The takoyaki turns a rich, golden brown and when they’re done he hands them to you on a paper plate with a smile that’s as warm as the tasty morsels he’s just prepared.
Delicate pink cherry blossom petals float lazily through the air, blown over the nearby fence by the cool spring breeze. Whether it’s during a moonlit twilight, a smoky scarlet sunset, a clear sunny day, or even a shadowy eclipse, the takoyaki man is always there, cooking up morsels of deliciousness that satisfy the soul as much as they do the stomach.
Matsuzuka Deskmat is inspired by the community where Takoyakeys spent summers in Japan visiting his grandparents. It is designed by Input Universe and will be produced by Zion Studios Kulermats.
900mm x 400mm x 4mm
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