Every dried fish will get a watch made from Swarovski crystal when being made into these quirky equipment.

Niboshi, or dried sardines, will be discovered in lots of Japanese kitchens as they are popularly eaten as a snack alongside beer, boiled to make dashi fish inventory, and are even given to canine, cats, and hamsters as little treats.

These unaccustomed to being served entire fish could discover it troublesome get previous the look of the dried our bodies, with head and eyes nonetheless intact, however these raised snacking on these crispy morsels in all probability don’t see them as something greater than fish-popcorn.

That’s, apart from artistic designer Aomikan of @aomikan_labo who reimagined the tiny fish as trendy hair equipment and jewellery. Aomikan created the road of niboshi equipment to present a “second life” to the dried fish, writing: “The life of those niboshi gained’t finish with being made into scrumptious broth!”

Not all niboshi are fortunate sufficient to be chosen to stay on as one in all Aomikan’s hair ornaments or brooches. As a result of various sizes of the fish and the shapes they curve into once they dry, solely a choose few make the lower.

Every merchandise is handmade by Aomikan herself, painstakingly bathed in layer after layer of resin, till all hint of fishy scent is gone. The method, she says, takes at the very least 10 days. Their eyes are then changed with Swarovski crystals earlier than they’re completed off right into a hair decoration, brooch, or different jewellery.

The idea of dried fish equipment could strike some as odd, however the niboshi line was nicely obtained once they appeared on the Design Festa held earlier this month at Tokyo Huge Sight, one in all Japan’s largest exhibition facilities. The niboshi equipment have been featured on web sites, in newspapers, and even on TV, and Aomikan says she will get inquiries about them every day.

“My niboshi equipment have been on morning TV! I by no means thought the day would come the place a Johnny’s member would contact them! You by no means know what life has in retailer!”

Whereas the time it takes to make every merchandise by hand implies that they’re solely obtainable in a restricted provide, Aomikan has introduced she might be establishing one other sales space at an upcoming occasion — this time on the Creator’s Market held in Nagoya, from December 9 to 10.

And for individuals who desire to put on different kinds of Japanese meals of their hair, no worries, we have you covered too.

Occasion info
Creator’s Market/クリエーターズマーケット
Tackle: Nagoya-shi Minato-ku Kinjoufuto 2-2 Port Messe Nagoya
名古屋市港区金城ふ頭二丁目2番地 ポートメッセなごや
Open: December 9 to 10, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Supply: Ameba, Twitter/@aomikan_labo by way of NetLab
Featured picture: Twitter/@aomikan_labo