Japanese sweets

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…

Don’t Miss This Perfect Place for Matcha Addicts: nana’s green tea!

Nothing can prepare you for the crazy heat and the even more insane humidity that Japanese summers have to offer. Cooling down in the air-conditioned local malls and shops is a great way to escape the heat. It was during one of those times that I discovered one of my favorite places in Japan during…

Where Can You Buy the 4 Tastiest Japanese Treats in Tokyo?

When you think of Japanese food people usually think of rice, noodles, or sushi. Sweets rarely come to mind when people unfamiliar with Japan image the cuisine. Wagashi are traditional Japanese sweets made of traditional ingredients such as mochi (rice cake) and anko (paste made of azuki red beans). But with so much choice, what…

Too Adorable to Eat? Find These Animal-Themed Manju in Ueno!

When it comes to adorable treats that look way too good to eat, look nowhere else, Japan has it all for you! The delightful confectionery sold by Japanese sweets shop Namikoshiken make some of the most adorable animal-themed confections that are a must on your next visit to Tokyo! Namikoshiken (浪越軒) View this post on…

Want To Know What You Are About to Eat in Japan? Get this App!

Many people are already feeling the buzz of the upcoming 2020 Olympics here in Japan, even with 4 years to go before this great event actually happens. The preparations for the event can be felt in numerous aspects of life ranging from subjects like language to food. These efforts are all in place to minimize…

Wanna Have a Taste of the Galaxy? Try Japan’s Milky Way Youkan!

When you spend summer in Japan, you will notice that there is a festival related to the stars on the 7th of July every year. This festival, known as Tanabata, celebrates the annual meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. It is custom for people to write their wishes on colorful strips of paper and…

Kintaro-ame: Try some Traditional Handmade Japanese Candy

You have likely seen this candy before as there is a popular international candy chain called Sticky which produces similar candy. This type of candy actually originates from Japan, and it is known as Kintaro-ame. Kintaro Kintaro is a folk hero who is a child with incredible strength. Kintaro is translated as “Golden Boy” and…

Don’t Miss These 4 Very Japanese Delicacies in Kanazawa!

Are you planning to visit Kanazawa? Some of the most spectacular scenery in Japan can be found in the Hokuriku region where Kanazawa is, an area located in the northwest part of Honshu (the main island). Besides having great destinations for travel, the place is also blessed with various produce coming from the land and…

Try Melonpan, the Delicious Sweet Bread from Japan

On almost every corner of the Japanese city streets, you can see a lot of sweet bread on sale in different bakeries. But do you know which one of these is one of the most popular for both young and old? It is the melonpan (melon bread)! It is a type of sweet bun with…

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…