There are many types of cakes in Japan, but those containing a sweet adzuki bean paste, made of a mixture of whole and mashed beans, are very popular. Bean paste is found in many types of cakes, but one of the most traditional ones are known as ningyouyaki (人形焼), which literally means "doll shaped cakes".
This picture was shot in front of Sensouji Temple in Asakusa in Tokyo, and shows a store front of a typical ningyouyaki place. Cakes are made on the spot, and sold fresh.
Personally I hate the sweet beans in any form. You can find it here even in ice creams... Buddha knows why. For me it tastes a bit like a squashed bug, mixed with earthworm's pâté. When I arrived at Tokyo in 2001, the first thing I bought in a convenience store was a doughnut. I thought it will be filled with delicious jam, as they are made in Europe. Alas, it was the earwax tasting sweet beans paste. I still have nightmares about it.
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