Castella de Portugal
Pão de Ló — a spongy, eggy cake made all over Portugal — is also called Pão de Castela, or Bread of Castella. It reached Japan in the 16th century with the first Europeans to have reached the Land of the Rising Sun — the Portuguese. Since then, it is considered in this country as the dearest and most delicious legacy of this encounter of cultures, and is produced and distributed all over the country, in packages both elaborate and alluring. Through the eyes and camera of the young Japanese photographer Namiko Kitaura, we see Castella as a unique link between the two countries and also a fundamental part of Japanese culture and aesthetics.