Kasutera (castela) from Shokado, Matsushima, Miyagi, Japan

Kasutera was brought to Japan through the port of Nagasaki by Portuguese merchants in the 16th century. The name is derived from Portuguese Pão de Castela, meaning “bread from Castile”.  Shokado’s kasutera is moist on top, delicate and spongy inside. There is also pleasant grainy texture from sugar from the top layer. I had no idea that Nagasaki speciality was perfected in Matsushima, a small town known for its scenic islands with beautiful pine trees.