Japanese pastry chef whips up special birthday cakes for Singapore
When Japanese pastry chef Tomoko Higashiguchi set up shop here four years ago, she was surprised to receive requests for a birthday cake for the nation.
On or around Aug 9, she would get orders for specially decorated cakes from customers who wanted to celebrate Singapore's independence day.
It was an alien concept to the co-owner of Patisserie Glace. As she did not have cakes designed just for the occasion, she would write National Day messages on her regular cakes.
Even the idea of music videos featuring the National Day theme song being played on television around this time of year seemed strange to her. "I didn't get it. I wondered why they played these songs. In Japan, we don't really celebrate our National Day. If there's any event, it is usually very sombre," said the 45-year-old.