Gunma-chan Manjū!

We had just gotten back from lunch, when my lovely supervisor sidled up to my desk.

“Psst…Alice, you should go to the meeting room.”

I didn’t think I was missing a meeting, and she didn’t seem stressed or worried. If anything, there was a sneaky, playful feeling. Were we going to hide in the air conditioning, away from the sweltering staff room?

“And you should bring your phone!”

Now I knew something was up.

When I got there, it was indeed set up for a small meeting, but one of my coworkers had brought these beauties along for snacks. Even though I didn’t have to participate in the meeting, I still got to choose my favorite. Have I mentioned that I love my job?IMG_5512.JPG

They’re manjū, a kind of dumpling that’s pretty popular here. A bready, wheat-based outer layer is filled with sweet red bean paste. These are a great snack for when you’re hungry and want something sweet but not cloying.

IMG_5519.JPGI decided to go with Tama-tan, the mascot of Tamamura town. My coworkers were pretty surprised that I could recognize all of the characters, particularly Otomi-chan, but it’s safe to say I can recognize Tomioka’s mascot pretty well!

IMG_5521.JPGIt’s nearing the end of summer vacation, and people are bringing lots of sweet omiyage back from their trips. I love the treats from far away, but this Gunma specialty really made my day! Aren’t they adorable? If you want to read more sweet stories from my daily life, try The Sweetest Thing and A Very Merry Unbirthday. And as always, be sure to follow along on TwitterTumblr and Facebook!IMG_5530.JPG

 

 

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About superhappyawesome

Living in Japan!
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One Response to Gunma-chan Manjū!

  1. The detail on those is incredible! Hope it tasted as good as it looked. 🙂

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