Japanese dessert (wagashi)

Have You Heard of This Traditional Japanese Tea House Hidden in Tokyo?

If you think you’ve explored everything Tokyo (東京) has to offer, think again. There’s a place in Jiyugaoka (自由が丘) that is literally hidden from the public eye but could make your jaw drop, especially if traditional Japan is your thing. Kosoan (古桑庵), a tea house, is a real hidden treasure which is open to guests…

This Brand New Shop in Ikebukuro Gives the Japanese Sweet, Dorayaki, a Western Twist

Have you ever wondered what a Western mix on the traditional Japanese sweet, dorayaki (どら焼き), would be like? Well, wonder no more as a new dorayaki specialty store called DOU (ドウ) is opening at Ikebukuro Station (池袋駅) at the end of May 2017! Dorayaki jp.fotolia.com/ But first, what is dorayaki? Dorayaki is a type of…

7 Best Shops and Cafes to Get Traditional Japanese Confectionery in Tokyo

Wagashi (和菓子), or traditional Japanese confectionery, has made a name for itself as one of the Japanese food that many tourists would like to try out. With attention to detail not only in the recipes but also in the presentation, it is no wonder that these sweets have captivated people’s taste buds. In this article…
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Try These 4 Traditional Japanese Sweets at This “Wagashi” Shop in Tokyo!

Wagashi (和菓子) are traditional Japanese sweets that are usually enjoyed with a cup of warm green tea. There are many varieties, sizes, and flavors to choose from. Some are available all year round while some are only available during certain occasions. But wagashi are not just sweets; they are also considered an art form in…

Check Out This Event in Osaka With All-You-Can-Eat Green Tea Treats!

Spring season in Japan attracts attention from tourists from all around the world every year. The hanami (花見), or cherry blossom viewing, is no doubt the main reason to visit the country during this season. Whether with your family or friends, you’ll surely enjoy the time you’ll spend with them in spring. But Japan isn’t…

Enjoy Luscious Limited Strawberry Treats at These 5 Places in Japan

At the mention of strawberries eaten in Japan, most people will probably have the impression that this is a fruit typically harvested in spring between March and May. Do you know that these strawberries available in spring are usually grown using natural methods? In order to cope with the high demand for these lovely red…

9 Things to Do for a Peaceful Day Out in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa

Fukagawa (深川), an area on the east side of the Sumida River (隅田川) in Tokyo (東京) was home to merchants and the working class during the Edo period. Geographically located on low ground level (reclaimed marshland) and populated by the lower class, it was aptly known as “Low Town.” Today, no parts of Tokyo is…

4 Japanese Sweets That Make Perfect Souvenirs for Your Loved Ones

When you give food souvenirs in Japan, you don’t only consider the taste, but you also have to think of their beautiful presentations. Because of this, it becomes an easy thing for people to choose wagashi (和菓子 – Japanese confections) as they are lovely to look at. If you’re planning on giving somebody the perfect…

Observe the Autumn Full Moon With a Japanese Moon-Shaped Dessert

In Japan, the month of September used to be known by the name Nagatsuki (長月) in the kyuureki (旧暦) or the old lunar calendar. Subsequently, with the adoption of the Western calendar, the same name was thus used for the 9th month in the new calendar system. There are a number of theories as to…

What to Buy in Kanazawa in 2018: 7 Souvenirs From the Marsh of Gold

Kanazawa, the capital city of Ishikawa, straddles comfortably and confidently between history and modernity. Case in point: the Higashi Chaya District, a row of traditional tea houses whose interiors are stylish souvenir shops. Or take for instance the Kanazawa Noh Museum which utilizes interactive visuals and ancient masks that have been passed down for generations…