Candy Miyuki

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Born Miyuki Sugimori
Nationality Japanese
Known for Ame Zaiku or Japanese candy art (rice dough sculpting)

Miyuki is an amezaiku artist who had performed at Epcot's Japanese Pavilion inside the World Showcase since 1996; with her last performances occurring on November 23, 2013.[1] She creates sculptures on a stick from soft rice dough, a taffy-like product made from corn starch and sugar. She makes animals at the request of guests, in mere seconds; the most popular request is dragon. She starts with a white base and adds color as needed. The candy she works with is heated to 200 degrees to make it malleable, which is one of the reasons so few people have mastered this art. She must work quickly before the sugar cools and hardens.[2][unreliable source?]

Miyuki is one of the only women trained in Ame Zaiku or Japanese Candy Art,[3] a candy artistry dating back 250 years to the Edo period. There are only 15 formally trained Ame Zaiku artists in the world. Miyuki began her apprenticeship in 1989 under her grandfather Mr. Kinura. After completing her training and becoming an independent candy artist, she traveled to Italy in 1994. She has also traveled extensively in Japan and Europe to demonstrate her artistic creation of the candy arts at conventions, local festivals, and private parties.[4]

She has a daughter, Shido, and when asked by a guest if she plans on teaching her daughter this gift replies, "no, she cries because her hands hurt" (from the temperature).[citation needed]

She has appeared on a number of TV shows, such as The Rosie O'Donnell Show (2001), Sweet Dreams on The Food Network (October 2003), and The Travel Channel.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Miyuki's last show at Epcot". 
  2. ^ "Miyuki". Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  3. ^ Veness, Susan (2009). The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. Avon, MA: Adams Media. p. 102. ISBN 1605500631. 
  4. ^ Travel Orlando, Florida Illustrated Guide and Maps. Boston: 2007. ISBN 1605011762.