Takashi Itoh is an amazing and prolific watermelon carving artist. He can carve just about anything from portraits (Van Gogh) to intricate flowers, various sports like skiing, animals both real and fantasy. His take on Michelangelo’s La Pietra is superb. He has more than 100 designs on his website.
Itoh says he started his craft after he came across a watermelon carving at a Thai Food Festival in Tokyo. He is completely self taught.
Fruit carving has a long tradition in many Asian countries dating back several centuries. Although different fruits are used, the watermelon remains the most popular because it is large and the colour variations of the cut fruit is highly attractive. The video shows another watermelon artisan, Chef Chang making a flower carving.