Dec 9, 2017
The Best Compensation for Holiday Shopping
There are so many great things about the Holiday season--the cheer, the music, the gift-exchange, etc. Still, the one thing I think everyone dislikes is holiday shopping. Don't get me wrong, Christmas shopping in Japan is nowhere near as bonkers as it is back in the states, but it does get a bit hectic, especially during the weekends.
Today could have been one of those hectic days at the shop, but just as I was about exhaust my patience reservoir, I chanced upon my favorite Japanese pastry: Siberia Cake.
Siberia Cake takes two of my favorite sweets--castella cake and yokan--and combines them into a delicious treat. Haven't heard of it before? That's not unusual. Siberia Cake used to be popular during the late Meiji/Taisho era, but can be tough to find these days. The only company that produces this with any regularity is Yamazaki, though you can find a few bakeries that still make it.
Fortunately, most big supermarkets (especially Seiyu and Aeon) offer these little gems in the pastry section, so if you need a pick me up after holiday shopping, treat yourself to one of these. Almost makes me want to go back out to the shops. Almost...
Hitting the books once again as a Ph.D. student in Niigata Prefecture. Although I've lived in Japan many years, life as a student in this country is a first.
Blessed Dad. Lucky Husband. Happy Gaijin (most of the time).