Although Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement in September, you can feel the influence of his timeless creations in many pockets of Japan. In Setagaya City, the charming White Beard Workshop, the atmosphere of a Miyazaki film is everywhere, from the name (Miyazaki's famous white beard) to details like the inviting staircase beckoning visitors to step in.

Perhaps the most memorable detail are the Totoro-shaped cream puffs, each topped with a unique leaf or hat to indicate the flavor of cream inside.

The fun doesn't stop there! Once the cream puff is purchased, it is cut open in a special way to reveal the custard inside with a big smile!


The next time you're in Japan, make sure to stop in at the White Beard Workshop for an unforgettable treat.