3 Delicious Types of Japanese Dango

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  • One day when I watched the anime “Clannad”, so I listened to a cute song as it was the ending of the first season. The name of the song is “Dango Daikazoku” (literally it mean the great Dango family) sung by Chata.
    I liked it so much and it remembers me how much Japanese love to eat that sticky yummy sweets.
    In fact. Dango is a Japanese sweets made from rice flour like mochi. Dango is kind of Japanese dumpling and sweet that has a chewy texture. Dango has many varieties. Here I would like to introduce you some.

    1. Anko Dango

    Red bean pasta is Japanese sweetened known as Anko, it used in a lot in Japanese sweets, Chinese cuisine, and Korean cuisine. Chewy dango coated with anko is a popular traditional sweet treat.

    2. Mitarashi Dango

    It is a kind of dango that is skewered into sticks in groups of 3-5 and covered with sweet soy sauce. It has shiny caramel and burnt fragrance that make it popular.

    3. Tri-color Dango

    Sanshoku Dango

    Cute and colorful Dango in sticks is a fun treat. This Dango is usually available while celebrating a special occasion. There are two kinds of tri-color Dango that sometimes people are confused about it. First, the Bocchan Dango, which has green, yellow and brown colored Dango on a single skewer, and Sanshoku Dango that has pink, green and white colored Dango.

    Sanshoku Dango is popular food in the season of Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) is coming. Japanese have a proverb for it, it says “Hana yori Dango”,that mean “Dango over flowers”. It is wonderful to eat this kind of Dango with the friends, family or for a couple in a park that has the cherry blossom flower.

    How to get Dango?

    It is possible to buy Dango:
    1. At the Japanese Festival. Dango is one of the popular food in the Japanese festival.
    2. At flower viewing (cherry blossom) season. In this event, you can find tri-color Dango sold by the vendors on the road.

    3. If you don’t have time in festival and cherry blossom, you can buy it in shops. One of the shop that you can find in Shinjuku, Tokyo is Oiwake Dango Honpo with a lot of variety and flavours. This shop open from 10:00 – 20:30. It is located at 3-1-22 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. You can access it by subway from Shinjuku-sanchome Station, exit C1.

    Oiwake Dang Shop website ※Japanese only