Taiwanese hospitality came to Japanese shores last month with the opening of a branch of pineapple-cake brand SunnyHills in Tokyo’s ritzy Minami-Aoyama district. The store, designed by architect Kengo Kuma, is a beehive-like structure made out of hinoki (Japanese cypress) that gives off a relaxing lemon fragrance. You can sit and enjoy a complimentary piece of pineapple cake, with a light, flaky crust and a gooey pineapple jam filling, and a cup of oolong tea. A box of five cakes will set you back ¥1,500. 3-10-20 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo; 03-3408-7778; www.sunnyhills.co.jp.
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