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Mind Over Manga Tour 2008 - Asakusa Age Manju

August 22 - 30, 2008 – Tokyo, Japan

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On our first full day in Japan, we got a taste of old Tokyo in Asakusa.
Deep-fried manju or red bean cakes at Asakusa

Age manju (fried sweet bean cakes) at Asakusa's Nakamise-dori

© Deb Aoki

Nakamise-dori, the pedestrian walkway before the Asakusa Kannon Temple offered many traditional and untraditional snacks, including these deep-fried manju or red bean cakes coated in flavored batter, such as sesame, green tea and Japanese apricot. For a 100 yen (about 90 cents), I got a hot age manju, fresh from the fryer, with a cup of cold matcha green tea.

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