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Love Japanese Sweets? Try Sasa Dango, a Traditional Niigata Specialty!

If you are a fan of Japanese traditional sweets, especially sticky rice cakes (dango), then you might also love the sasa dango. Sasa dango rice cakes wrapped with bamboo leaves is a traditional sweet from the Nigata prefecture. Sasa dango used to be the traditional sweet for the boy’s festival (Tango no sekku) on May…

Mochinage, Japanese cake-throwing tradition

Mochinage (餅投げ, also called Mochimaki, 餅撒き in Japanese) is a Japanese traditional event in which one throws Mochi (rice cake, 餅 in Japanese) for those who got together on religious occasions (Shintoism), such as the ceremony of putting up the ridge beam of a new house. (Muneage 棟上げ, or Jotoshiki 上棟式 in Japanese). This tradition,…

Omiyage, What Makes the Best Gift?

Omiyage madeinjapanproject.org/ Japan is famous for its food, some of which has been deemed a national treasure by the World Heritage Foundation. Any town or city you travel in Japan is bound to feature its own number of specialty foods, be they sweets, dried fruits, dried or fresh seafood, or rice crackers. Some of them…