I don't know about you but I love cakes! Lucky for me here in Japan there are lots of delicious cake shops!
There are 2 main types of cake in Japan, the first is the kind of cake that we all think of in the west...In Japanese these type of cakes are called 洋菓子 (Yogashi) and can include cakes and biscuits that we all know and love.
The second type of cakes, or to be more precise sweet things, are called 和菓子 which means Japanese sweets. There are lots of different types, some are very plain and others are very decorative (like the ones below which are meant to be eaten with bitter green tea).
One of my favourite Japanese sweets is called たい焼き Taiyaki. Tai means sea bream, a type of fish and yaki means toasted or cooked.
It looks like a fish but actually it is like a pancake with sweet red bean paste inside!
Here in Jimbocho we have a great shop which sells really good Taiyaki!
This one is special because the outside of the fish is kept!
It is just around the corner from the hotel so if you want to try some delicious Taiyaki please ask us for directions!