Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Yakitate!! Japan is a manga, authored by Takashi Hashiguchi, serialized in Shogakukan''s Sh nen Sunday, which has been adapted into a television anime series by Sunrise. The manga has spanned 25 tank bon volumes, as of January, 2007, while the weekly serialization of the manga has ended as of 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 series won the 2004 Shogakukan Manga Award for best sh nen manga. The manga series was later licensed by VIZ Media for North American distribution. The story focuses on Kazuma Azuma, a boy on his quest to create "Ja-pan", a national bread for Japan itself. He initially heads to Tokyo to expand his horizons at the bread-making chain Pantasia, the story continues with Azuma''s exploits with his other coworkers.