It felt like a minute since I’d been to Rabbit Moon・兎月 and of course they did not disappoint. A cute flower filled with white bean paste to go with my spiky thistles.
Some choices are hard, but sometimes you go to Kichi Zoh・吉蔵 not knowing what you want and see a namagashi in the shape of a bunny and you know instantly you have made the right decision.
It was wonderful.
My heart skipped a beat when I saw this at Kichi-Zoh today. For one reason, it’s an adorable forest mushroom with white mean paste and whole adzuki beans. Two, this was actually the first wagashi I tried in Fukuoka last year, before I started writing in here. I’m coming up on a year in Fukuoka, which is unbelievable, but not more so than realizing you measure the passing of time in seasonal sweets.
On Monday I had gone out completely forgetting the 2 places closest to me were closed. Not ready to admit defeat, I found a green grape and an nin dōfu・杏仁豆腐. It’s a Chinese sweet almond pudding that I love all iterations of. Sad that I missed out but at least there’s 7/11 to fall back on in case of emergency.
Another hot rainy day. I had these little balls with the smoothest red bean paste in a sweet syrup, mizu manjū・水まんじゅう. A pretty, light pairing for a humid day.
This is an ikinari dango・いきなり団子 from Rabbit Moon・兎月, which is fairly popular around this area but from what I understand is much more famous in Kumamoto. It’s a quite sizable steamed dumpling filled with red bean and sweet potato. Some are so large they can double as lunch. In the winter I often toast them for a minute but it’s still summer and hot and humid here so I passed on that this time.
It’s been a very, very rainy season over here and I haven’t been making snack runs as often as I would like but I did manage to get this amazing strawberry milk daifuku from the grocery store. It’s so big! Nice and not too sweet and chewy.
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!
I love Tugi so much! They had the cutest, sweetest little melon soda sweet I have ever seen. You can really taste the sparkliness of the soda. It was a fun little treat on a hot day.
When I was transiting through Tokyo on vacation I stayed in my old neighborhood, Sangenjaya. I have many, many old favourites there, of every variety but of course I had to stop off at one a classic sweet shop I adore. Their yuzu and white bean monaka (wafer) is never far from my memories of the area.