Getting ready for the spring festival Setsubun・節分 that will be February 2. I got this little fortune wagashi from Rabbit Moon・兎月. With their permission, I got a picture of the other faces they have. Luckily the sad face was not indicative of the rest of my day.
This was the softest, melt-in-your-mouth creamiest confection despite looking like it would offer a bit of a crunch. Flavoured with strawberry and white bean paste, it was a nice departure from what I usually try.
A soft and lazy afternoon with some sweet peas and wagashi. I feel so much that I’m drawn to lately is from Pantone’s colour of 2022 Very Peri. It was the influence for my new banner and logo and flower choices.
I changed things up a bit today and had my matcha set for breakfast! Like a rebel, or an impatient child. Yesterday I went to Tugi, one of my all time Fukuoka favourites and I got this yuzu yōkan (gellied white bean paste) that is sitting pretty on a candied yuzu peel. It goes without saying, this will, without question, be the best thing I eat today. It was just heaven, every time I go to Tugi I remember I need to come back more often.
A little variation from the norm: swapped matcha for hōjicha, a roasted green tea that’s great in cold weather and a very elaborate dessert: brown rice mochi balls, caramelized sweet potato, ginger syrup over ice cream with a cracker. I love this cafe in Ohori park and come here often to work but its a stunning stroll too.
The cutest yuzu yōkan filled tiger to ring in the year of the tiger. The sweet pancake was nice and chewy and the yuzu flavour was incredible, a nice change from the classic red bean.
This is another very late post that I couldn’t pass up. Around new years in Japan there is a lot of stork motifs (at least in the wagashi I have noticed). This one was so beautiful, I really fell in love with it.
I cannot believe I forgot to post this but it must be seen. My beautiful, gorgeous, delicate, perfect in every way hanabira mochi・花びら餅 from Kichi Zoh. New years in Japan is lovely, but I have to admit this is one of my favourite parts. A super soft but chewy piece of burdock root and sweet white bean past is the best way to start the year.
This peeled clementine literally made me gasp in the department store. It was filled with smooth white bean paste and the textures made it really fun to eat.
These beautiful chocolates were a super sweet present from a friend in Canada that I ate way too quickly but were amazing. It’s possible to find things similar to this in Fukuoka, but these were really amazing.