wagashi calendar

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…

Cool off from the Summer Heat with the Kingyoku and Mizumanju Wagashi!

As the summer heat continues to rage on mercilessly in August, are you craving for a refreshing treat? Read on to learn more about the month of August and the signature wagashi which is sure to give you that much-needed coolness! Hazuki – August In the lunar calendar i.e. kyuureki, August which lasts from early…

Make Your Wishes Come True with the Kikkouden Wagashi (Japanese Dessert) Set!

July typically marks the end of the rainy season and the official entry into the sweltering summer season. In the old calendar (kyuureki), July is known as fumizuki or fuzuki which can be written using the same kanji characters i.e. 文月. As to how this name came about, this is said to be related to…

Wagashi Calendar: Minazuki in June

With the arrival of June, this marks the beginning of summer as temperatures climb higher and the sun sets later in the day. In the kyuureki (the Japanese lunar calendar), the month of June is called Minazuki (水無月) which means the month with no water. As to why this is so, it is said that…

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…

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…

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…