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Turning cookies into an art form

Mika Ogawa paints cookies by hand with traditional Japanese playing card motifs.

TOKYO Tucked away in a corner of Isetan Shinjuku, one of Japan's most influential department stores, the Isetan Girl section would look at home on any number of upmarket women's wear floors.

But alongside the clothing and sundries you will find "micarina" iced cookies -- sweets featuring icing used like paint to design cute motifs, such as bears and cakes as well as more highbrow depictions of constellations and jewelry.

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