Posts Tagged 'Totoro'

Pancakes in Bed


I’m here with pictures of pancakes again. I had hotcake mix lying around at home, so one Saturday when I was alone at home with nothing to do and no one to eat with I just opened it and dumped it all into the mixing bowl. It turns out that pancake mix could actually feed a lot of peoplehurhurNo matter how much I poured into the pan they just wouldn’t stop multiplying.

Totoro Pancakes

I ended up with a whole stack, so I just played dress up and decorated most of them with whipped cream and a chocolate pen. This was the nicest (and most recognisable, I guess)kirakiraI realised I make a lot of Totoro-themed desserts. He’s just so easy to reproduce. (Also, is Totoro a he? I’m never sure if I’m using the right pronoun)

Lunch Plate

And then because I ate too many pancakes at breakfast I tried my best to pack in more nutrition at lunch. This is my homemade lunch plate of veggies, tamagoyaki and corn souphappyI skipped past the pancakes and sent a picture of this to my mom instead.


It’s July, which means it’s finals monthcryBut it’s also almost summer vacation time! I’m surviving on the hope that soon I get to travel and go home for break. The heat has come to Tokyo and I’m not sure what to think about it…I’ve only ever been here during the cold seasons and this doesn’t feel like the Japan I know and love. Just kidding. Shaved ice! Yukata! Summer festivals! I want to do them all once I’m done with the semesterhappy


Back for Totoro Cream Puffs at Shiro-hige’s Cream Puff Factory

Guess where I went to this weekend?

Totoro Cream Puffs

Shiro-hige’s Cream Puff FactorykirakiraIt’s my second time going there, I blogged about it here when I visited earlier this year! I made the trek all the way to Setagaya-daita again in search for some Totoro cream puffs. After studying for midterms and an endless streak of presentations I needed to disappear from that world for a bit.


What better place to do it than a little bakery cafe hidden at the end of a street? I could already feel the peace and quiet just walking down hereneko


This time I got something savoury before my cream puffdiet nekoThe main part of the cafe menu is pasta, and they all come with bread. I chose the lotus and mushroom pasta in tarako sauce, and it came in this nice big plate. It was nice to eat spaghetti for the first time in a whilegirl love

Totoro Cream Puff

And then finally came the Totoro cream puff! (To me desserts are more like the main course. They’re the whole reason why I even go out to eat.) Since I got original last time, I went with the strawberry cream seasonal flavourstrawberryThis Totoro has a tiny straw hat on its left ear and it’s adorable.


As usual, Shiro-hige’s Cream Puff Factory is full of charm and Ghibli goodnessheart

Totoro Sushi

Hello! I made special sushi today.


It’s Totoro!

By now I’ve made kazari makizushi a couple of times, but this is the hardest one yet. It was hard to roll the rice the right way and not end up squashing Totoro into a grainy blobnekoBut I think I was successful enough that you can at least recognise it! (Though admittedly I put the tiny Totoro behind for some visual aid)

Totter’s one of my favourite characters, so I worked hard to make it into good-looking sushi. I ate one right away, and it was tastygood


Anyway, this week I’m taking a break from all the Japan travel posts I’ve been doing latelydiet nekoIt’s been a busy couple of weeks, because this month I just started my job. I’m doing an internship until university starts so I guess this’ll keep me busy till then. The work is full-time and I spent the usual long hours, but since I love what I’m doing now I’m kind of happykira kira

Lots of new things are coming! I’ll talk about them eventually, but for now please enjoy some Totoro sushi.

Eating Totoro at Shirohige’s Cream Puff Shop

Today I’ll introduce more cute sweets in Japan!


Welcome to Shirohige’s Cream Puff Shoptotoro

This place is well-known for its popular Totoro-shaped cream puffs, but still in a quiet enough area to be a hidden gem of adorable themed sweets. Rather than a cafe or shop, it was more like a home with all its whimsical decorations and snug ambience.


And here is the cutest cream puff in the whole of Japan, and maybe the world too. There are several varieties of Totoros, each characterised by different decorations (like a summer hat or a cherry blossom). I chose the original Totoro with a green leaf on its head and custard and cream inside.

It was deliciousloveAll the cream puffs are handmade fresh at the cafe! The custard was thick and silky and a yummy companion to the flaky choux pastry. All that good stuff just oozed out when I poked through the crust with my fork.


It wasn’t just the food I fell in love with, but the cafe’s cosy setup that paid homage to the world of Totoro in every corner. If you looked carefully around the shop, you’d see lots of tiny Totoros and his friends11738


I have a big love for Ghibli films and characters, so I couldn’t get enough of this Totoro-fest of a cafe. But even if you’re not a fan of the characters, it’s still a wonderful cafe in the peaceful suburbs of Shimokitazawa with a completely charming vibe.

This is the address!

Shirohige no Shu Cream Factory Daita 5-3-1 Setagaya-ku, Tokyo


Either way, Totoro will be there to welcome you.

▷ . Cheryl

A university student in Tokyo who takes pictures and puts them on the Internet

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