Anyone from the Western world is familiar with cookie cutters – they make us think of Christmas season and the baked delights that come with it. Also in Japan, these metal implements can be found in every household store, even though the traditional Japanese shapes like sakura and plum blossom don’t really fit our Christmas imagery. But upon closer inspection, it turns out that most of the cutters available are actually tiny. It would be difficult to cut the cookie dough neatly with them, let alone not turn the tiny cookie into a carbonized brick in the oven. So what’s up with that? The answer can be found in almost any fancy bento lunch: these cutters are not meant for cookies at all!
(Of course this doesn’t mean that you can’t buy a few of the large size cutters and surprise your friends back home with exotically shaped Christmas cookies ;-))