Ayakan usami, also known generally as 'Snow Buns', are an Edgardian delicacy, popular with children, teenagers and young adults. The delicious pastry buns are a part of a growing cuisine known as usami meshu, which in its cultural context, can be translated to mean 'cute food'. Snow buns are a soft pastry and can be easily identified by their endearing creamy icing that is deliberately designed to look snowy and slightly melted, with carefully designed happy and peaceful expressions and delicate little ears. They are available in pastry delicacies and street vendors across Edgard and young people will often carefully pose with their snow buns to snap photos, vlogs and Holo clips, before tucking in.
Origins of Snow BunsSnow buns were originally designed and sold by vendors to celebrate the completion of Edgard's newest Mega Dome, Snow City. The opening of the new dome was a great celebration of national pride and a source of tremendous joy as residents in Edgard were able to experience cold weather and falling snow for the first time. Media documented the 'childish bliss' of Edgardian citizens, with such headlines then being used for tourist marketing campaigns. Snow City quickly became known for its youthful and trendy environment, and many performances and music bands created public goals to one day perform in the dome.
The rise of usami meshuSnow buns became so popular, that even after the novelty of Snow City faded through the years, street food vendors would be sure to stock the snack. The ageing generation would purchase them for nostalgia, while younger generations would enjoy the adorable rabbit-like characters carefully sitting on top or inside the pastry. As snow buns are cheap to purchase, children and teenagers are able to buy them for their friends. They became a gift-giving food among younger Edgardians, who found it comforting to receive after struggling with the rising pressure of exams. Snow buns adapted to show new characters and feature alternative flavours, and other similar foods with cute expressions became available side by side with snow buns. Over time, a cuisine was created, usami meshu, which is a food that can be eaten as a snack or light meal that is both cute to see and comforting to eat. On one hand, the cuisine is a representation of youthful innocence, and simple delights. On the other hand, usami meshu represents an underlying problem in Edgardian society.
'He's been eating a lot of usami meshu lately. He must be depressed.' 'Oh I heard he's unemployed.' 'Is he even looking for a job?' 'Who knows? He only logs out to eat.'