At first I couldn’t figure out WHAT this item in the Tokyo Hands baking section was.
Shelf paper? Sponges of Overwhelming Cuteness?
Then I looked closer and realized…they’re non-stick baking sheets for making cake rolls! But, since this is JAPAN and no amount of effort is too great for expressing seasonal exuberance, these have patterns printed on them so you can squeeze different batter colors onto the design and end up with sponge cakes that look like Boys’ Day carp or plum blossoms or jack o’ lanterns! Next year I’m going to check this department to see if they have special kits for some of the minor holidays. For example, little horned oni demons for Setsubun…
I admit I was pretty tempted to buy one of these, until I looked at the instructions and realized mine would probably end up being appropriate only for celebrating Blob Season.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!