On a recent trip to Japan, indie videographer Nikki Wilder got a chance to put down her camera and try some of the local cuisine.
What she ate surely did not disappoint.
Taiyaki: Fish Pancakes
“...I loved the Taiyaki, which is a fish pancake usually stuffed with red bean paste, but because of their popularity, you can also find some filled with chocolate too," said Wilder. "It's a common street food that you can find in parts of Japan, and it's usually made fresh, so they're nice and warm."
Sakura—Japan's equivalent to P.S.L.
While the U.S. is busily glorifying autumnal pumpkin spice lattes, Japan's yearly food-centric hype takes place in the spring, with Sakura; the delicate cherry blossom, pickled.
Sakura Mochi is a sweet rice cake flavored with sweet-bean filling and pickled cherry blossoms. Street stalls are flooded annually with the pickled delicacy served in cakes, lattes and other sweet treats.
Insider Tip: Eat the pickled leaf, too, that holds the Sakura Mochi together.
Street Sweets on a Stick
"My second favorite was the dango, which is also a common street food, but you can also pick them up at convenience stores," Wilder told us.
"At first, I wasn't sure what to expect when I ate the dumpling-based dessert, but it was probably the most amazing thing I tried there. I regret not getting more.”