Miyuiki is a unique and fascinating candy artist, who performs just outside the entrance of the Mistikoshi department store in the Japanese pavilion at Epcot. During the show, Miyuki invites guests to choose an animal, which she then produces from candy in around 1 minute. The guest gets to keep the candy creation, free of charge. Each performance lasts around 20 minutes, and there are usually 4 or 5 performances per day. Check the Epcot times guide once inside the park for times.
The origin of candy artistry dates back over 250 years, in the Edo Era. Candy artists were originally the stars of citizen entertainers in street corners and local folk festivals. Candy artists create animals and flowers with soft rice dough, very much like taffy. With their skilled hands and small scissors, the artist can make animals such as dragons, horses, rabbits, cats, monkeys, eagles, birds and flowers.
Currently there are 15 candy artists in Japan. Miyuki is the only woman candy artist. Miyuki began her apprenticeship training in 1989 under the artistry of her grandfather. He is one of the best and most renowned candy artists in Japan.
Miyuki is distinguished to be the first and only woman to receive training as a candy artist in Japan. After completing her training and becoming an independent candy artist, she traveled to Italy in 1994. She has also traveled extensively in Japan to demonstrate her artistic creation of the candy arts at conventions, local festivals, and private parties, where people of all ages are entertained by her special talents.