Japanese dessert (wagashi)

Learn All About Doraemon’s Favorite Snack: Dorayaki!

Dorayaki is a type of Japanese confection which is similar to pancakes. Sandwiched between the two round pancakes is usually sweet azuki bean paste filling. Fans of the Doraemon series will recognize dorayaki as being Doraemon’s favorite food. The creation of the Doraemon series since 1969 has propelled dorayaki into becoming a huge part of…

Wagashi Calendar: Maruyubeshi in December

As we are now in the middle of the last month of the year, let’s find out more about December which is known as shiwasu (師走) in the calendar (kyuureki) and the signature wagashi eaten during this period! The Meaning of Shiwasu (師走) Although the word shiwasu refers to December in the kyuureki, the period…

Wagashi Calendar: Kirizansho in November

History In the Kyuureki (旧暦) which is also called the lunisolar calendar, November was previously called Shimotsuki (霜月). As the name suggests, this is the month when frost falls as the weather gets colder with each passing day. There are also other names which also refer to November although they may not be as commonly…

Learn How to Make Traditional Japanese Sweets in Kyoto!

Wagashi are delicious Japanese sweets, often served as part of a traditional tea ceremony. They are crafted to look like symbols of the season Japan is experiencing at the particular moment when the sweets are made. In Kyoto, Japan’s most traditional city, the way of making wagashi is known as Kyogashi and there are many…

Mannendou: Exquisite Traditional Japanese Sweets Shop

In Japan, sweets are distinguished into two types, the Yogashi and Wagashi. Yogashi are your ordinary western sweets that have been introduced to Japan. Wagashi on the other hand, are traditional sweets that are originally made in Japan. Mannendo is a famous Japanese sweets store that is located in Ginza and has been around providing…

New Fortune Cookies with a Feline Twist!

Many people may be forgiven for thinking that the fortune cookie originated in China. Most fortune cookies in the world (and 3 billion are produced daily) are eaten in Chinese restaurants in the United States. However, fortune cookies actually originated in Japan. And now Japan has improved this tried and tested design. Origins   It…

Wagashi Calendar: Japanese Sweets and When to Expect Your Favourites

Before the year 1873 in the 6th year of the Meiji era, the calendar system used in Japan was called the kyuureki (旧暦) which is literally translated as “old calendar” or also known as the lunisolar calendar. Despite the prevalence of the Gregorian calendar these days, the kyuureki is still widely used for traditional festivals…

Namagashi and Wagashi: Know Your Japanese Sweets

A general term for the traditional snacks used during the tea ceremony in Japan is Namagashi. This is a type of wagashi. Wagashi, as you may have known, is a popular traditional confectionery which is usually served with tea.   Namagashi are made with flour, eggs, beans and sugar. However, the difference is, Namagashi contains…

Get some Sugar Rush: 3 Recommended Sweet Shops in Tokyo

Craving for something sweet? Don’t worry, Japan, and especially Tokyo, has it all! For whatever occasion or reason, here are some of the places which you might want to visit if you’re in dire need of something sweet in the area. Takano Fruit Parlour and Fruit Bar Located in the north of Tokyo Metro’s Shinjuku…