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Taiyaki

What is Taiyaki? The first Japanese sweet I had ever tried was during winter in Setagaya, a suburb in south-western Tokyo. A local confectioner was making these little fish-shaped pieces of waffle, grilling them to shape on a specially designed mold. They weren’t expensive at all, around 100 yen or …

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Yatsuhashi

What is Yatsuhashi? If you’ve ever had a friend return from a trip to Kyoto there is a good chance that they will have brought back with them some yatsuhashi sweets. These little packets of rice flour, sugar and cinnamon are more than just famous; they are the quintessential souvenir …

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