No, not those kind of balls! Takoyaki are golf-ball-sized nuggets of batter fried up with chunks of octopus and veggies, served with a sort of salty-sweet BBQ sauce. As appetizing as takoyaki can be in their natural state, I recommend you only eat the octopus ball-flavored candy if telling everybody who you lost your virginity to is way, way worse than taking the dare. Although these are flatteringly called caramels, the only thing caramel-like about them is the endless chewiness which makes it take FOR-E-VER to swallow this flavor mash-up made in hell.
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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!