What is Tako? It is Japanese for octopus.
Often is group events the tako yaki hotplate is pulled out and people's eyes lite up. I haven't found anyone living in Japan who doesn't like it. Visitors sometimes turn up their nose.
A batter is made and spooned into halfmoon cups in a cast iron hotplate. After it starts to cook, little chunks of tako are put into the batter. After the bottom s cooked, the little balls are turned over.
Usually a sauce is put on, then eaten by the dozen.