For many people out there, anime is synonymous with Japan. The country has way more to offer than just cartoons, but the Japanese animation industry certainly isn't a sector to be ignored, as millions of people all over love series originating from the island country. And one element of Japanese anime culture is moe, a term referring to the attachment fans feel for 2-D characters, especially ones with cute faces (and, in some cases, sexily drawn bodies).
The term moe gashi refers to a specific sort of anime-themed treats, featuring moe characters on the front. This genre of sweets can be found in many places across Japan...though if you want to find the most moe gashi in one area, head to the Akihabara district of Tokyo, the nation's capital for all things anime. In this new column, Mogmog will highlight a few notable moe gashi worth hunting down next time you are in Japan, along with a few other notable Akihabara treats.
Maid No Omiyage ("Maid Gift")
As mentioned, Akihabara is famous for being the center of all things anime in Japan, but that's not the only thing it has developed a reputation for over the years. The neighborhood also boasts a lot of maid cafes, spots where women dressed as, well, maids, serve you drinks and food. Given Akihabara's status for this, there is no shortage of maid-themed goods on sale, including these white chocolate wafers. The actual biscuits themselves lack any decoration, but the packaging is maid-focused, and it comes with a special photo of the central maid character inside.
Nijigen No Koibito ("Two-Dimensional Lover")
I mean, that's a pretty solid description of a lot of people who go to Akihabara on the daily. The "Two-Dimensional Lover" sweets boast a maid on the box (told you it was a big deal) along with several other shout-outs to the neighborhood's status, yet the treats within are especially impressive. A mix of bitter and white chocolate covers a crunchy cracker interior, making for a good snack.
Ai Yandere Cookie
The word moe means having strong affections for something, though usually it is used when talking about having these feelings for animated characters, like from cartoons or comics. There is also an element of innocence tied to this idea, which is why a lot of moe gashi feature high-school aged characters on the box -- like for this cookie, featuring strawberry jam in the center.
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