Japanese sweets

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…

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 Wagashi on the other hand, are traditional sweets that are originally made in Japan.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…

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…

Love Japanese Sweets? Try Sasa Dango, a Traditional Niigata Specialty!

If you are a fan of Japanese traditional sweets, especially sticky rice cakes (dango), then you might also love the sasa dango. Sasa dango rice cakes wrapped with bamboo leaves is a traditional sweet from the Nigata prefecture. Sasa dango used to be the traditional sweet for the boy’s festival (Tango no sekku) on May…

Japanese Fruit Goodies to Cool you Down in Summer!

When you’re out in the streets where the sun is high above the clouds and the scorching heat is unbearable, it is best to carry these Japanese fruit goodies with you anytime, anywhere. Natsukan ニッポンの夏の手みやげ、とらやの夏羹、水羊羹。レモンの香り清々しいぷるぷるの夏羹は、透明感に吸いこまれそう(*´ч`*) pic.twitter.com/ePOO6ulz3i — chico (@chico_sweets) 2017年7月7日 This is a fruit jelly which is available only during the summer season, that is,…