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Kogepan – The Burnt Red Bean Bun

Kogepan the Red Bean BunI 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


Kevin Fox says on October 10th, 2005 at 1:18 pm:

Kogepan is huge in Japan and pretty big here in the US as well. Kind of Hello Kitty meets Daria. I have a Kogepan plush pillow on my desk here at work, and I’m not alone. :-)

Kelli says on October 10th, 2005 at 5:06 pm:

I should have known a story like this would already be popular. How funny. Thanks for telling me more about it Kevin.

Robyn says on October 10th, 2005 at 11:40 pm:

I. Love. Kogepan. (And all his little bread buddies.) I think I have some Kogepan stationery with me right now. :D

Molly says on October 11th, 2005 at 1:40 pm:

Hiya Kelli,
I found a website you might enjoy, I thought it especially appropriate after your comment on who finds time to write these things. What is it with round, tiny pastries that is so inspiring?
Much love.

KNB says on October 11th, 2005 at 8:10 pm:

That is a good story. Kogepan is an interesting name, wonder if it means anything? Lovescool is the best website!

k says on October 16th, 2005 at 1:28 am:

I LOVE Kogepan (and I think the name means “burnt bread”). I love how he gets drunk with milk. :)

casey eats says on October 23rd, 2005 at 8:32 am:

have you seen anpanman?
The red bean bun superhero who gives hos body to the malnourished?

LOVE japanese stuff!

Cynthia says on November 5th, 2005 at 10:58 pm:

My husband has an anpanman book from his childhood that is so adorable! I love Kogepan. (Koge = burned and pan = bread!) How adorable that he always has smoke coming from his head! milk beer, haha. Tottemou omoshiroi (super funny!)

charlotte says on November 18th, 2005 at 1:20 pm:

yes i’ve got some burnt bread man stuff in my day. he’s a sanrio characteri believe, i’ve got stickers!

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