It’s been awhile since I posted “Three Little Things.” Autumn is in full swing here in Matsuyama, and one of my favorite things to do in Japan (and any place, really) when it gets colder is sit in a cafe — studying, writing or watching the people around me talk and laugh. There’s really nothing more comforting than a warm drink, a sweet and time on your hands to let your mind wander. Luckily, Japan has some great cafes to observe Japanese culture, or to simply lose yourself in someone else’s story.
1. Mister Donut (ミスタードーナツ) is a popular chain cafe very similar to America’s Dunkin’ Donuts, only with donuts that are much tastier and not saturated with sugar. This was a special Halloween pumpkin donut that I gobbled down while studying Japanese.
2. I’ve walked by multiple Choco Cro/St. Marc cafes in Japan but never had the opportunity to try one of the company’s delicious chocolate croissants until this week. The smells inside the cafe would make anyone want to sit there for hours, and my croissant was delivered to me fresh from the oven, its buttery crust the perfect balance of flaky and soft.
3. In Japan, many baristas seem to master “coffee art” – drawing pictures using foam in a coffee mug. This cute picture of a rabbit is from my order at Jack Rabbit Slim’s Cafe (カフェ ジャックラビットスリムス) in Toyama, my former home in Japan.