We never ceased to be amazed at the diversity of passionate and talented people in Itoshima. Yoshiko Misaka is another example. While living in St. Petersburg as an exchange student, she loved to explore her surroundings and taste the local delicacies, including sweets. After moving back to Fukuoka, however, those treats were nowhere to be found. So she began to make her own. However, without the same ingredients, even the flour is different, it wasn’t easy. But she didn’t give up, and with encouragement and guidance from Russian and Ukrainian friends in Japan, she achieved authenticity, and her hobby became a business. Three days a week, she sells a bevy of Russian sweets, cakes, and of course, fresh out of the oven, piroshki. But don’t arrive late, she sells out fast.