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!)
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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!