Japan Envy: Totoro Cream Puffs

Japan has the art of cute edibles down to a tee, if you ask me. Not only do they have everything from Dragon Quest to Sailor Moon-themed cafés, but there’s an edible version of practically ever Japanese character you can think of! Case in point:

Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory! They specialize in none other than Totoro cream puffs. They’re almost too cute to eat!

I love how the one on the left is looking upwards!

The different things on their heads represent what flavor’s inside, too. The regular green leaf is the straight-up vanilla cream custard, while the brown leaf indicates a seasonal chestnut flavor available from October through December. In addition, there’s strawberry cream (pink flower), peach cream (hat with a pink ribbon), and chocolate cream (hat with a blue ribbon). They’ve even got a special Christmas Totoro:

I think I need to make a special trip just to eat these. I mean, even the storefront and map found on the website oozes charm (the shop’s location is indicated by a white Totoro!):

Definitely make sure to stop here if you’re in Tokyo!
That’s it! Time to plan my next trip to Japan.

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.