I can always count on Google to find a specific site I’m looking for, but sometimes it surprises me with something I never knew existed. My searches have led to interesting discoveries, like Cha-colates in Kyoto and the Wacky World of Japanese Ice Cream, but today I found something that simply made me laugh.
When searching for “red bean bun” on Google I came across an imaginative story that about a little red bean bun that got burnt in the oven, only to be shunned by the baker and all other buns in the bakery as a result. This little bun, named Kogepan, was so depressed he spent most of his time “smoking and drinking milk as beer” (a perfect saying for an Engrish t-shirt.) As with most Japanese stories, Kogepan eventually learns the error of his ways and strives to be a better bun, inspiring us all to do the best we can in our own life. I have no idea why someone would take the time to write a story like this, but I’m so happy they did. It sure makes Monday morning a little more fun.
Kogepan – The Burnt Red Bean Bun