the inside of a strawberry treat

Pukupuku Tai – a sweet, fish-shaped, Japanese treat

Generous relatives in Japan ship us goodies a few times a year and for this, I am deeply grateful. Tasting something from Japan is almost as good as being there, especially when an old favorite is nestled in the well packed box. One of those endearing picks is the okashi or Japanese confectionary, pukupuku tai. Pukupuku is onomatopoeia…

Japanese snack

Karintou aka Japanese brown sugar crunchy treats

“Care for some poopy senbei?” Having only met the guy offering me something questionable a few hours before, stalling for a response was automatic. He pointed to a small pile of rounded, semi-thick, stick-like objects sitting on a tissue that looked like, well, poop! Were they edible? Was this a trick? Had I been plopped into a new…