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Wagashi (和菓子) is the traditional confection of Japan that developed with the tea ceremony. Wagashi come in a myriad of types and most are made with sweetened beans, mochi and/or fruit. The theme is always natural beauty and often have a reference to a classical poem or painting. Kyoto’s famous kyogashi (京菓子) are considered the pinnacle of sophistication and refinement in Japan.

Wagashi: Chadango and Minazuki

Wagashi: Chadango and Minazuki
Wagashi: Chadango and Minazuki (茶だんご みなづき) Wagashi: Chadango and Minazuki (茶だんご みなづき) Minazuki is an early summer wagashi that from centuries ago commoners ate on the day that royals ate — ice.…

Wagashi: Kuromitsu Dango

Wagashi: Kuromitsu Dango
Wagashi: Kuromitsu Dango (黒みつだんご) Wagashi: Kuromitsu Dango (黒みつだんご) Kuromitsu Dango is a simple and tasty wagashi that combines mochi, syrupy kuromitsu and powdery kinako.…

Wagashi: More Kawaii Father’s Day Wagashi

Wagashi: More Kawaii Father’s Day Wagashi
Wagashi: More Kawaii, Father’s Day Wagashi (お父さん ありがとう) Wagashi: More Kawaii Father's Day Wagashi (お父さん ありがとう) Father’s Day, ‘Kyoto’ style. Yummy wagashi on the theme of work, fishing and love. Thanks Dad!…

Wagashi: Mame-mochi and Kuzu-manju

Wagashi: Mame-mochi and Kuzu-manju
Wagashi: Demachi Futaba Mame-mochi and Kuzu-manju Wagashi: Mame-mochi and Kuzu-manju Demachi Futaba is one of Kyoto’s most popular shinise mochi shops, famous for tasty confections and long lines! It is common to see taxis waiting while tourists make a last minute purchase of Kyoto yummies before jumping on a bullet train and going back home. Backpacker tourists can often be seen down at the…

Wagashi: Suetomi Kodomo-no-hi (Children’s Day) Mochi

Wagashi: Suetomi Kodomo-no-hi (Children’s Day) Mochi
Wagashi: Suetomi Kodomo-no-hi (Children’s Day) Mochi Wagashi: Suetomi Kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) Mochi May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan. Two important icons for this day are the Koi-no-bori (flying carp banner) and the kabuto, or armored battle helmet worn by samurai. At Suetomi, we found some delightful and unique koi-no-bori and kabuto themed wagashi, traditional Japanese confections.…
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