More breaking news from Japan. Someone, reportedly a mobster, has stolen 10 Peko-chan statues. Peko-chan is the mascot of Fujiya bakery, an old store implicated last year for using expired ingredients. It is hard to imagine “collectors” willing to pay 150,000 to 200,000 yen ($1,600 to $2,150) for these one meter dolls with the lascivious tongue. I would pay money to remove her image from my brain. At least she gets dressed seasonally:
Japanese love bakeries; unfortunately, most of their breads and pastries are fluffy, over-processed and unsatisfying. My in-laws gave me some bread from a nearby bakery in Nakano called Boulangerie Lebois, and now I am hooked. This is the best French bakery in Tokyo!
The exterior, viewed from Nakano Dori near the Kanda river, is not promising.
However, once you get near, the smell of butter and fresh baking are intoxicating. Inside, it is a treasure of whole wheat bread, butter cookies, quiches, ham sandwiches, bacon twists, creams, custards, and pastries. The only seating are the two benches outside.
The friendly chef and staff made me think immediately of the boys love anime and manga Antique Bakery. (Antique Bakery episode one, fansubbed into English; Antique Bakery cosplayed by Bangin; Antique Bakery, the Korean movie version trailer).
Here’s Boulangerie Le Bois’ website: http://www.boulangerielebois.com/