Yakitate!! Ja-pan (焼きたて!! ジャぱん, Yakitate!! Ja-pan) is a manga written and illustrated by Takashi Hashiguchi. It is serialized in Shōnen Sunday. It has been adapted into a television anime series by Sunrise.
The manga spanned 26 tankōbon volumes, while the weekly serialization of the manga ended on January 10, 2007. The anime series, broadcast on TV Tokyo and other local stations from October 2004 to March 2006, spanned a total of 69 episodes. The manga won the 2003 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen manga.
Kazuma Azuma is a passionate boy who aims to bake Japan's national bread, "Ja-pan", no pun intended. He sticks to his dreams after being amazed around the wonders of bread ever since his sister dragged him to a local bakery for an opinion change on their family's meals. Kazuma befriends the bakery owner who discovered his hidden potential for the "Solar Hands" he possesses. After the owner closes shop to fulfill his "Ja-pan" dream, Kazuma willingly wants to follow the same dream and heads to Tokyo after graduating middle school. Now as a baker in Japan's prominent bakery chain, "Pantasia", Kazuma makes use of his original bakery skills to face against new challenges and rivals despite underhanded obstacles that come along.