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Afternoon tea

Japanese sweets called wagashi are traditionally served in tea ceremonies. They’re usually made of rice flour and red bean and are always so kirei (pretty). If you go to a store that makes these sweets, women in kimono will bring you a small cup of macha (powdered Japanese green tea) to drink while you are […]

Fakin’ the bakin’

Plastic food displays outside restaurants can be a little scary but it was hard to walk through Kyoto Station without drooling  last month when this display of cream-filled cakes appeared, advertising a nearby cafe. If there were Academy Awards for plastic cakes, they would surely take the you-know-what.