Within days of starting work at the school here in Japan, it was common knowledge among the teachers that I’m crazy about Japanese sweets. It’s so hard to get a hold of them back in Vancouver that while I’m in Japan, I pretty much live off them! Well, okay…not really…but I try!
After school, a couple of the young teachers decided to take me to a nearby Japanese sweet shop. I got some mochi for myself, and they were nice enough to buy me a dorayaki. The traditional dorayaki is made of two little pancake-like cakes, with a thick sweet red bean paste sandwiched between them. This was a twist on the standard dorayaki, though, and addition to the usual red bean paste was a generous layer of sweet icing. This is apparently one of their favorites at this little shop. I was super excited to be gifted a Japanese sweet that I’ve never even seen or heard of before. This little visit to the sweet shop was such an unexpected treat!