Five Japanese Bakery Snacks

From, a brief look at some of the most popular types of bread snacks in Japan.

Japan was once inextricably associated with rice, but bread—known as pan, from the Portuguese word pão—has caught on in a big way. Today small bakeries can be found just about everywhere you turn.

That isn’t hyperbole. There are three bakeries just a block from my home and dozens more within walking distance. There are more bakeries in any Japanese city I’ve visited than in my hometown in America. Japan loves bread more than one unfamiliar with the country might assume.