Anpanman must be one of the coolest superheros ever – his head is an anpan (bread roll filled with red bean jam) and he helps people who are starving or in danger by letting them eat part of his head. Along with his sidekicks Shokupanman (sliced white bread man) and Chizu (cheese), Anpanman is part of an anime TV show that’s been hugely popular with kids since 1988.
I picked up the little toy in a convenience store ages ago, but had forgotten about Anpanman until I saw this fantastic cookie, from La Vigne bakery in Eastwood. I love the rosy round cheeks and the fact that it’s made of shortbread so it tastes super yummy as well as being adorable.
There are cool pics of the Anpanman museum in Yokohama here.
This video of him dancing is pretty awesome:
He’s very cute but I think my favourite Japanese character of all time would be Kitty or Rilakkuma. Who’s your fave?