Amezaiku (飴細工?) is Japanese candy craft artistry. An artist will take multi-colored taffy and using his hands and other instruments such as tweezers and scissors will create a sculpture of his choosing. An Amezaiku artist will also paint their sculpted candy with edible dyes to give the finished work more character. Animals and insects are common shapes created by Amezaiku often to the appeal of younger children. The artist will often create intricate animal characters with expert speed. Some Amezaiku artists are also street performers who will also perform magic tricks and tell stories along with their candy craft entertainment.