Land of the Rising Buns

A Japanese-style bakery with exotic sweets

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atisfy your sweet tooth with something different: baked goods that marry a favorite influence with an exotic one. Japonaise Bakery & Café sells breads, rolls, pastries, and cakes inspired by French and Japanese cuisine. Owner and self-taught pastry chef Hiroko Sakan’s surprisingly cheap offerings include African Queen Cake, An doughnuts, and the Ichigo Cream—a croissant filled with custard cream and strawberry slices. The bakery also serves breakfast and lunch. Montorio

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European-trained Japanese bakers have opened a proliferation of bread shops, or panya-san, all over Japan, including in train stations, department stores, and sports arenas.

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