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Shiba Dango!

Photo & dango by @england618

Okay, usually biting a dog butt would not be top of my to-do list, but I’d totally make an exception for these so-cute-it-hurts shiba dango! Compared to other takes on this classic heaven-on-a-stick festival snack, these are way more adorbs than mitarashi donuts and run gooey rice ball rings around the inexplicable mitarashi sundae topped with seaweed.

The only sad thing about these is that even though I rampaged through layers upon layers of Japanese sites, looking for where to buy some of them for myself, I had to finally accept that they are one-offs made by @england618 (who has also crafted other painfully adorable rice balls on a stick – check out that Twitter feed!)

Thanks to marionchan’s blog and for the heads-up on these beauties!

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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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!

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      • When I was a little girl, maybe 7 or 8, someone gave me a huge white chocolate bunny for Easter. I ate it most of it, head first of course (well, ears, really), then became violently ill, but I really don’t think it was because I started at the head. This is not a bad thing, though, since white chocolate isn’t really chocolate at all if you think about it. Ah, the hypocrisy. 🙂

      • If I had to pick a sweet to develop an aversion to, white “chocolate” would be top of my list! Have never loved it, mostly because it’s such an affront to REAL chocolate to give it that name! “Sickly sweet tasteless melty thing” probably wasn’t selling very well, though so tip o’ the grudging admiration beanie to the marketing person who came up with it, I guess. (That said, ugh, sorry you associate it with violent illness though – I had a similar unfortunate bout after eating my absolute favorite childhood burritos and still mourn that loss!)

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