For some reason Japan thinks of Italy when it's summer. The summer-themed breads at my school are all Italian-inspired this time around. These lemon cream-filled buns aren't Italian in my opinion, but they are good. The #1 producer of lemons is currently India, where they are thought to have originated. Italy is #10, but they were first introduced to Europe through southern Italy. Maybe they were thinking lemon granita! Anyway, this recipe was exceptionally interesting because it's my first truly filled bun. This has so many possibilities!
See a variation inspired by this recipe here.