Usagiya (rabbit-ya)-no dorayaki (Ueno, Tokyo)
Taito-ku, Ueno 1-10-10
Dorayaki is a type of Japanese sweets which consists of two small pancake-like patties made from castella wrapped around a filling of sweet red bean paste. It originally only had one layer, and the current shape was invented in 1914 by the Usagiya (Ueno, Tokyo).
In Japanese, dora means "gong", and this is probably the origin of the name of the sweets. Legend has it that the first Dorayaki were made when a samurai named Benkei forgot his gong (dora) upon leaving a farmerís home where he was hiding and the farmer subsuquently used the gong to fry the pancakes, thus the name Dorayaki.