Yaki Manju(roasted sweet buns)
The steamed buns known as manju are a popular Japanese confection, available in many regional varieties. Most manju consist of a wheat-flour bun with a filling of red bean paste (anko). The yaki manju that you can get in Takasaki, Minakami, and other parts of Gunma Prefecture are a distinctive local specialty: they usually have no filling (although some include anko), and they are skewered, coated with miso sauce, and roasted. They make a great light snack. A symbol of the area’s flourishing wheat cultivation and food for the soul to the people of Gunma Prefecture, yaki manju, carry a history that is said to reach back into the Edo Period, where these buns were reportedly a favorite food of the common people.