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When it came time for my wife and me to put together a menu for our wedding reception, I tried to sound out her opinions before jumping in with my own. That is, until we got to the cake selections, and I immediately blurted out, “Let’s get the triple chocolate one!”

Thankfully, by that point she’d already made her peace with my many flaws which extend far beyond my cake preferences, and she smiled and acquiesced to the non-traditional, pitch-black (and completely delicious) choice.

Somehow, though, I don’t think things would have gone so smoothly if I’d done like the recently married man in Japan who suggested serving a wedding cake shaped like a sliced up, possibly bleeding tuna.

Different cultures don’t just eat different foods, sometimes they even present dishes in ways completely unlike one another. In Japan, not only is leaving the head on the fish considered an elegant touch, some restaurants go so far as to actually slice a whole tuna in front of dining customers, proving that the sashimi is as fresh as possible.

These kind of performances are called kaitai shows in Japanese, and Twitter user Syo Izumi is a fan. As a matter of fact, Izumi likes fish in general. In addition to being a fish market apprentice, he’s also an illustrator and interior goods designer, using fish as his muse for the works he displays at both art and science events.

Izumi and his fiancé tied the knot a few weeks ago, and at their reception, the groom was hoping to celebrate with a kaitai show. Unfortunately, their banquet hall didn’t have enough space for the performance, so Izumi put his talents to work and dreamt up a tuna cake instead.

Using a Pacific Bluefin tuna as his model, Izumi began by sketching the real thing. From there, he went to work figuring how to transform it from seafood to dessert, drawing up plans for the bakers to follow.

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The body itself wasn’t so hard, as cream can be molded into just about any shape you want. Dusting it with cocoa powder provided the proper scaly-looking texture, and a chocolate pen (like the one we used when making our Pikachu burger) made adding the gills and mouth an easy task. Making and shaping all of the thin chocolate bars for the fins was probably a bit more labor intensive, but still shouldn’t have been too difficult.

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The end result looks pretty good, doesn’t it? It’s actually kind of cute. But remember, what Izumi had really been looking forward to was a kaitai show, and he wouldn’t have gone to the trouble of including a cross-section of a real tuna in his illustrated plans if that sort of realism wasn’t what he was shooting for.

And so, when the couple cut their cake, this is what the guests saw.

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It almost looks like Izumi just had the cooks cover a pile of raw fish with whipped cream and chocolate, but thankfully the groom’s commitment to the dessert’s theme wasn’t that extreme. Those are actually layers of tangy raspberry sponge cake, interspersed with cream to visually simulate the fat present in the most prized cuts of marbled tuna sashimi and sushi.

Once they wrapped their heads around the odd combination of “looks like fish” and “tastes like raspberries,” guests didn’t seem bothered by the unusual, arguably gruesome appearance. Still, we doubt anyone was quite as pleased as Izumi himself, who gushed, “It tasted so good!”

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Congratulations, Izumi! We hope you realize just how lucky you are to have found a spouse who loves you enough to let you have your fish and eat it too.

Source: IT Media
Images: Twitter