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.
I got my beautiful, perfect kagami mochi from Rabbit Moon yesterday and I’ll definitely write more about it later. To celebrate the weird time between Christmas and New Years I got this cute snowman dorayaki filled with red bean yōkan.
A little late to post, but not a reflection of how lovely my Christmas sweets were. It was a little too late in the day for caffeine so I was matcha-less for one of the first times. These came as a set and were just so pretty and perfect.
It’s been a while since I went to the fancy department stores and spend half my paycheque on sweets but hey, its Christmas! This one shop had a whole bunch oh Christmassy wagashi, who am I to say no to a little Christmas tree and snowman filled with coarse and smooth red bean paste?
Fairly quickly, I went from far-too-busy to deeply-in-vacation mindset. Wagashi for breakfast! The cutest snowflake to kick off Christmas. I’m very excited for what’s to come in the coming days.