Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sweets for the sweet. Handmade sweets by Papabubble in Tokyo.

This is actually made of candy...

A new sweets shop opened near my home in Tokyo, so this morning I decided to check it out on the way to lunch.

It always amazes me how Japanese can open up shops that are literally labors of love, especially in an impersonal city like Tokyo with one of the highest labor wages in the world.

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BACK TO THE PAST
IN THE CITY OF THE FUTURE

This sweet shop is one perfect example.

I hope they're making money somehow because it's nice to see more businesses like this flourish.



Tokyo is the most high-tech city in the world, with robots and machines already operating almost every aspect of life. The security system and the heating system in my home, for instance, are all automated and programmable from outside.

There's no need for human control except to push a few buttons from wherever in the world you happen to be.

THE JOYS OF HANDMADE CANDY



And then you have shops like this, Papabubble, that actually make candy by hand.

Do you know of many shops that still make candy by hand?

When I walked into Papabubble this morning, there were three young men hard at work making candy and chopping the candy up with very sharp knives.



CANDY THAT ARE WORKS OF ART

The candy they make, too, is simply beautiful.

I'm including here a photo of a pack of kiwi fruit candy that really look like kiwi fruit. These were made by hand at this store -- and you can imagine just how time-consuming it is to make this candy look like real kiwi fruit.



And while I was there, the store was very busy with guys coming in to buy bags of candy in preparation for the upcoming White Day in Japan -- which is the day when Japanese guys give candy to the girls they know.



Anyway, this slice of old-fashioned life in a rather high-tech and fast-paced life, certainly made a nice morning excursion in my never-ending, and never-ending Travelife.


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