The ones here fared slightly better, they were softer and less sweet and had some crisp coating on the outside.
Although the name Juchheim is German I was rather intrigued why these Baumkuchen rolls originated from Japan.
It turns out that Karl Juchheim was a Prisoner of War in Japan. Before he was sent to Japan, he was surprisingly based at Jiaozhou Bay in the Shandong Province of China.
Jiaozhou is known to the Germans as Kiautschou.
After World War 1 started, Tsingtao was sieged and Karl was sent to interment camps in Okinawa thus starting his Juchheim business there!