By Shannon Lane @Shannonroselane
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Videographer / director: Keisuke Inagaki
Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote
Editor: James Thorne
Keisuke Inagaki has been a chef at his restaurant La Ricetta in Zama City, Japan, for the last 18 years.
He rose to Instagram fame from his Pokemon and anime pancake art, and this time around he’s created a lifelike animal series.
Pancakes are traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday as symbol of using up all of the fatty foods before lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday.
The 46-year-old chef began making pancakes in 2011 to raise spirits after the devastating nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan.
He said: “After Fukushima I participated in a camp for children to comfort them. I wanted to think of some activities that mothers and children could do together.
"Then I discovered pancake art. I saw it for the first time on TV, an American named Nathan Shields making it and thought it was interesting. Whilst children were playing, the mothers and I wanted to surprise them.”
Depending on the detail, the pancakes take 5-10 minutes to draw, and another 5-10 minutes to cook.
Despite being edible, Keisuke is hoping to exhibit his pancake artwork in the future.
He said: “There’s vacuum packing available, and you can present your work in this way. I think it would be fun to do a gallery show if I create enough pancake art.”
See more of his pancake art at https://www.instagram.com/keinagaki/