Interactive Jelly

This is actually another sweet I got while staying in my old neighborhood in Tokyo a little white ago. It’s a lightly sweet jelly inside of a bamboo tube. Always love a prop, you can use the plunger to push in through a little grid that slices it into cute jelly noodles. Then you pour a sweet, black sauce over it, similar to molasses. It was a very fun, light snack that I loved, even if it made me nostalgic for my old home!

Hokkaido Souvenir Snacks

Can’t go on vacation without souvenirs! In Japan they’re called omiyage・お土産 and almost exclusively refer to food. These butter sandwich cookies are one of the most popular from Hokkaido and are very near the top of my list. Buttery white chocolate and raisins sandwiched between more buttery biscuits. Worth a trip up north alone!

Edamame Mochi

I had to spend the night in Tokyo because of flight transfers, and while it was not my goal to spend a moment in Tokyo during the Olympics amid the current situation I have to admit I was happy to spend the night in my old neighborhood. Predictably, I went to one of my favourite sweet shops, Iseya and brought a bunch of cute snacks back with me. This one is a edamame mochi! Really the flavour is called zunda mochi・ずんだ餅 and it was perfect.

A Spool to Tie Fates

This little sweet from Kichi Zoh・吉蔵 is in the style of a Shigoto Musubi Omamori・仕事結びお守り which is shaped like a spool of thread. Omamori, or amulets can be bought at almost any shrine. Here are some examples of amulets you can buy in Dazaifu, where I often go hiking.

The Shigoto Musubi Omamori is a little spool of thread and the color of the thread and the manner that its knotted has different meanings. Overall, they help you through your work, daily tasks and livelihood. I have only seen them in Fukuoka, and I think they are quite popular from Kamado shrine in Dazaifu but I could be mistaken.

Either way is was a lovely little sweet! It definitely helped with my work tasks today.

Rainy Day Castella Cake

I pickup up this castella in Nagasaki when I was there a little while ago. It was nice and dense but not too sweet. Castella is very popular all around Japan but it most famous in Nagasaki. It obviously has Portuguese influence and is not what come to mind when you think of wagashi. I also re-stocked my favourite matcha, but I might have to switch to iced matchas pretty soon.