After leaving the Suitengu shrine, where there was a queue of people waiting for their turn to pray, I went outside and saw another queue. There was also a line at a confectionery shop called Shigemori Eishindo, located at the intersection. This is a long-established store selling Ningyo-yaki (doll-shaped pancakes), which was established in 1917, so it has a history of over 100 years.
Needless to say, Ningyo-yaki is a Japanese confectionery made by wrapping bean paste in a sponge cake-style dough that resembles a human body or face. For a long time, I thought that the name Ningyo-yaki came from the fact that the shape resembled a person (Ningyo means doll in Japanese), but when I learned that this was not the case, I felt a veil being lifted from my eyes. I did a little research and found out that it is called Ningyo-yaki because it originated in Ningyo-cho, Tokyo. The shape is irrelevant.
I thought that doll-shaped pancakes that did not resemble a person were sub-par in the doll pancake world, but I think that all the doll pancakes sold around town resemble a human face. So what shape is the doll pancakes sold in the real Ningyo-cho? I can't help but be curious. As if to represent my mood, the woman standing in front of me also stretched out her neck to look at the doll pans lined up in the store.
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