These Japanese milk cakes offer a celebratory twist on a traditional food item, with this particular one celebrating children's kabuki performances that occur annually in Nagahama City's float festival.
The children's part of the festival features only boys from the area, who must partake in practice and training before the performance. They must wear a type of stage makeup called "kumadori," which functions as the design inspiration for the milk cakes offered by the brand Kasho RokubE. The cakes have a light outer layer and a sweet azuki bean filling, and are the same size and shape of cookies.
This particular brand is offered in kumadori-like boxes, which are also featured on the individual wrappers of the milk cakes themselves.
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