Artist Itsuo Kobayashi has been keeping an illustrated food diary since 1980, drawing and describing each meal, the ingredients, the price and how it made him feel. Plus: for National Banana Day, we go to – where else – the International Banana Museum in California.

For Over 30 Years Itsuo Kobayashi Has Been Keeping an Illustrated Food Diary (Spoon & Tamago)

Opening a Banana Museum next to a toxic desert lake makes absolutely no sense—but that’s part of its a-peel (Roadtrippers)

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I’ve seen several suggestions that we should all be keeping diaries during this extraordinary time.

They might help us sort out our own thoughts and feelings, and might even help future generations understand what it was really like to live through this part of history.

For some of us this would be a whole new experience, while others are used to documenting their lives.

Like Itsuo Kobayashi, an artist who has been keeping an illustrated food diary since 1980.

Each entry is a colorful depiction of the plate or bowl he had, as well as a written description of the meal’s ingredients, the price and how it made him feel.

Kobayashi spent decades working in the food industry, so for him illustrating meals was a pretty natural way of documenting his life and experiences.

But maybe there’s something to this art for the rest of us too.

Diary entries tend to summarize the writer’s day, often hitting the highlights but leaving out the mundane but quietly interesting details like what we ate and where that food came from.

I mean, we spend a pretty large amount of time eating, preparing food, buying food.

Why not make those moments worthy of being written down for posterity?

Maybe you’ll make mouths of the future water!

Today is National Banana Day, a day worthy of great works of food-related art.

And the day to add to your list of places to visit: the world-famous International Banana Museum, in Mecca, California.

One room filled with thousands of banana-themed items.

There are banana pens, banana paintings, banana phones, and banana milkshakes that locals rave about.

Thus proving there’s always money in the banana stand!