Japanese dessert (wagashi)

The Tastiest Traditional Japanese Desserts Reinvented With an Ice Cream Twist!

Ice cream has always been a serious business in Japan and its ubiquity is evident not only in the wide array of selections offered in the market such as Pino and Haagen Dazs but also in many of Japan’s delectable culinary delights. In fact, ice cream has been incorporated in many of the country’s traditional…

Sakuramochi is a Must-Try in April to Boost your Hanami Experience

April heralds a new beginning in Japan as the new academic and financial year kicks off. In the old lunar calendar (kyuureki), this month is called Uzuki (卯月), which has a number of interpretations as to how the name came about or what it means. The most widely accepted explanation is that April is the…

Wagashi Calendar: Ohinagashi in March

With the arrival of March, the weather is slowly getting warmer as spring approaches. In the kyuureki, March is known as Yayoi (弥生) which is said to originate from the saying kikusaiyaohi zuki (木草弥や生ひ月) that means the month when the grass and trees are about to grow thickly. The term Yayoi was believed to be…

Wagashi Calendar: Yakuyoke Manju in February

February, being in the midst of winter, is typically a cold month when people are decked out in thick coats wherever they venture outdoors. Kisaragi (如月), the name for this month in the kyuureki, reflects this fact as it is a homonym of the term 衣更着 which means to put on additional clothes in this…

Shikamaro-kun Choco-Mochi Sweets: Nara’s Delicious ’Deer Poop’ Souvenirs!

Anyone who knows me will be well aware of my slight obsession with Shikamaro-kun, the oh-so-cute yuru-chara (mascot) of the Nara City Tourist Association. As such, any sort of chocolatey snack with his face on it was a sure sell and I left Nara with a collection of Shikamaro-kun mochi sweets to try. Mochi Author’s…
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Try Japan’s Secret Ingredient that’s Both Healthy and Delicious: Kinako

Japanese cuisine is thought of by many as one of the most unique and delicious cuisines around. Japanese food has become so popular that there are now thousands of Japanese restaurants located all over the world!   waifu.jp/ However, there is no doubt that the best way to really experience and enjoy authentic Japanese food…

Wagashi Calendar: Hanabiramochi in January

The beginning of a new year brings lots of promise and hope to all as we start afresh with a clean slate. In the old Japanese calendar called kyuureki, January used to be called Mutsuki (睦月). Other than this term, January was also known by other names such as Mototsutsuki which means “first month of…

3 Must-Try Sweets in Kanazawa: the Sweet Tooth’s Haven

Located in Ishikawa Prefecture, the city of Kanazawa is one on the three places in Japan which is known as a sweet tooth’s haven (the other two cities being Kyoto and Matsue). While some call Kanazawa “little Kyoto” locals of the city refused to be given such a nickname because the city prides itself on…

Mizu Shingen Mochi: Water You Can Eat?

The mizu shingen mochi is a dessert which looks like a large droplet of water. Mizu means water while shingen mochi is a type of sweet rice cake that has been developed by the Kinseiken company which is pretty popular in Japan. It is typically served with kinako powder and brown sugar syrup. Kinseiken’s Water…