Tokyo Eat Map by Julian Hoffmann Anton

The “Tokyo Eat Map” is an experimental data visualization in 3D with a “meta” reference to the data it displays.

It represents the density of restaurants in central Tokyo on a map, morphed into a typical Japanese ramen dish. It is a mix of a heatmap, density map and contour visualization, embellished with artistic liberties.

I see it as a simple story of finding the right ramen restaurant within Tokyo’s culinary hotspots, and dreaming the delicious dish as a map or vice versa, the map as a dish.

The data is freely available from OpenStreetMap’s points of interest, specifically places labelled as “Restaurant”.
The first version which I have been enriching since was made as part of an online creative mapping challenge: 30DayMapChallenge November 2021. All made with open-source programmatical GIS tools in R, then modelled in Blender, an open-source 3D visual effects software, and finally edited and labelled in Photoshop for the final touch.