Japanese food consisting of bread (pan, borrowed from Portuguese/Spanish) in a ball around sweet beans (an, native to Japan). Small, easy to make, and consumed en masse by kids, not unlike the american peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Also, the inspiration for a cartoon charachter named "anpanman" - a superhero who flies, has an awesome left hook, and feeds his own anpan head to people. that seems creepy to me.

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