January 09, 2008
This is the Year of the Rat. It comes around every twelve years. Little Brother was born in the year of the rat. He will be twelve in February. For a snack one day, we ate these manju with an imprint of a rat. Manju is a wheat cake that is filled with sweet bean paste called an or anko.
For another snack time, Aunt bought this butter roll shaped like a rat at a bakery. Its eyes are raisins. It is filled with sweet bean paste, too.
Best Wishes for the Year of the Rat!
Kids Web Japan--other sweet bean cakes