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Too adorable to eat Animal Manju

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 I came across this very famous animal manju from Japanese confectioner  Namikoshiken while surfing on rakuten. They are little palm sized buns filled with various flavours like azuki beans, chocolate or white bean paste. Namikoshiken is a 87 years old company based in Nagoya.

They are too adorable to eat! There are the land animals variety and the sea animals version.  Just look at the puffer fish manju below, how cute is that! The packaging is equally attractive too.  

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Too cute to resist! Now I just need to figure out how I can get my hands on them. Anyone going to Japan soon? 😋

Author: ongling

Hi, I have been making bento lunch boxes for my toddler son for a year. Its a challenge everyday to think of new bento ideas to excite him. The creations are endless and took a lot of trial and errors. But most importantly, his bento lunches must deliver 3 key goals: exciting presentation (eye appeal), exciting tastes (texture & ingredients) and exciting adventures (dare to try; food play). Recently, I started making my husband lunch bentos too for work after he got envious of seeing beautiful bentos prepared by Japanese wives on Japanese TV network. I am learning and picking up skills from many talented bento makers everyday to improve myself. Here are some of my creations I would like to share with you. Apart from bentos, there some travel stories and little things i enjoy doing related to food and culture in this blog. So enjoy and share your thoughts with me.

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