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August is peak summer season in Japan.  We can look forward to some of the most spectacular fireworks displays and festivals in the world, ...



A Japanese fish-shaped cake that's commonly filled with sweet azuki beans or custard.   Since 1909, this little dessert has been the single most identifiable Japanese confection ever made; every Japanese person has either heard or tasted this stuffed pancake.




Even for the foreign community, just about all of us who have ventured into Tokyo or around Yokohama has either smelled or have tasted of this fish-shaped cake.  It's the 'aroma of Japan' for many of us, especially during the winter months here when Tai-Yaki's  aroma is most noticeable through  crowded train stations and backstreet stalls.   Hot, melt in your mouth azuki been cake can really warm you up.



For those  out there who plan to visit Japan this summer I highly recommend trying one of these little things out.  You can even find them at supermarkets or convenient stores. 


Here's the other half


These were all taken with my iphone.  Enjoy.

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