Just like the name says, the main ingredient for takoyaki (fried octopus) is the octopus: either diced tentacles or whole small octopuses.
So, it’s only natural that many takoyaki food stalls and restaurants have as mascots cute, kawaii octopuses… Usually, the mascots are also wearing a hachimaki (traditional Japanese bandanna), a symbol of perseverance, like this yatai shop from Kumagaya, Saitama.
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Lens: VR 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G
Focal Length: 38mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1000s
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 200
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: