Play with your food, dam it.

We've got a lot on our plates the next few months with the National Hydropower Association's Annual Conference next week and HydroVision International 2015 knocking on the door too, so I thought this week I'd just share something silly that is also extremely cool.

So. I've never been there, but apparently Japan is some sort of magical wonderland filled with ridiculous foodstuffs of all sorts -- ranging from a relatively mundane seven-patty Whopper served by Burger King Japan to more exotic yogurt-flavored Pepsi White to a bizarre bathroom-themed restaurant chain called, appropriately, "Modern Toilet".

I suppose it would only make sense then that Japan culinary ingenuity would lead to the creation of "damukare", which, as the name somewhat suggests, refers to a plated presentation in which curry sauce is impounded behind a dam made of rice.

Apparently this is something that dates back to the mid-1960s and experienced a resurgence in the late 2000s, though I had never seen it until only recently.

Here's one of the more… "picturesque"… renditions I've seen:


...though searching for damukare will yield dozens of other examples as the rest of the internet seems to have discovered this Japanese phenomena simultaneously earlier this month.

As someone who hates it when foods mix with each other (#sorrynotsorry), I'm pretty tempted to steam up some rice and give it a go. I'm fearful that seepage might be a significant threat, however, which leads me to think a grout curtain made of mashed potatoes might be essential.

Is this something you've seen or tried before? If it is -- or if it's something you've been inspired to try -- shoot us a picture at @HydroWorld.

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