Weird and Wonderful Japanese Sweets
I received a mysterious and unexpected parcel from my friend the other day. Inside, there were several sweets (or what you’d call ‘candies’ if you aren’t British), which I think will talk about in another post, and these sweets-shaped objects.
This is the said objects in its original package. Each sweets are about 2.5cm, super tiny. And can you guess what they are? They are ERASERS!
The packet includes: two donuts with cream filling, two macaroons, one soft ice-cream in a cone and one strawberry pie. It came with a tray as well (how considerate?!).
Just look at these details! It’s only as big as the tip of my thumb!
They are toys, of course, and I don’t think they are to be used as erasers.
Collecting food-shaped or toy-shaped erasers was very common in Japan when I was a kid (I don’t know if it still is) and I can imagine young girls playing with them with dolls.
But then, here comes the big question: what am I, a soon-to-be-32-year-old, supposed to do with them?
Example 1: ‘Oh, hello!’, says the tiger. ‘I’m a pastry chef. Would you like to try my pie?’
Example 2: ‘I said BANANA topping! Die! Die! Die, strawberries!’
Example 3: (Mexican Wrestler) ‘Feeding time is over, honey!’
(AT-AT) ‘Please, sir, I want some more.’
OK, I’m getting pretty carried away here. Yes, I am 31 years old, and yes, I can still play house…
The thing is, I want to turn them into something useful so that I won’t waste their cute appearances, like making them into magnets or incorporate them into a necklace, even. Do you have any suggestions? I’d love to hear some good, weird ideas!