It’s a cold and windy day here, perfect for snuggling up inside. I got this shiro-an (white bean paste), uguisu-mame (green bean) namagashi from Kichi-Zoh・吉蔵. And that’s it, I’m not leaving my house again today.
It’s another cold day here so a good excuse to stay safe and warm inside, under my kotatsu. I have one more treat from 御菓子・Okashi Tugi to try. It has sesame, koshi-an (smooth red bean paste), walnut and mascarpone! This isn’t the first time I have had cheese in mochi, the convenience stores here have lots of weird seasonal combinations, but this was definitely the first fancy cheese mochi I have tried. It was beautiful! Very smooth but the walnut really added good texture. I will need to invent some excuses to walk back over there soon.
This is my first ohagi of the year, first ohagi on the blog, first ginger sweet on the blog, first time I ever saw a ginger flavoured ohagi, and my first trip to 御菓子・Okashi Tugi! The shop owner was so sweet and patient with her explanations to my many questions.
Ohagi are sweets made with glutinous rice that has been soaked for a long time and then wrapped in (usually) bean paste, but it this case in was a delicate ginger paste. This was definitely unique and soothing. Ohagi are one thing that you can really tell the difference between something from the grocery store vs a specialty store. The textural contrast of thick chewy rice with smooth ginger paste was so perfect it forced me to slow down and just forget about everything else. Next time I am in the neighbourhood I will without question go back and try their other offerings.
One thing I’m missing about Tokyo is access to farmer’s market every weekend, all weekend. There’s quite a few to choose from with different schedules, but the one walking distance from my place was really amazing.
But! This once-a-month Fuku-Marche is really sweet too. They have live music and good smelling food trucks and a couple produce stands. I bought every vegetable I could find (but I was tragically too late for kale) and the items to make truly the laziest wreath of all time. Plus this yummy chocolate orange gluten-free vegan muffin. Already looking forward to next month!
My heart stopped when I saw these black calla lilies and baby’s breath. I found them on a work break in Yakuin and while unable to take a single good picture if them, i love them to death.
Another fav autumn Japanese snack is hoshigaki・市田柿, dried persimmon, I love eating them on hikes. This sweet is pretending to be a little hoshigaki with red bean inside and a chocolate cream stem.
This is one of the best chestnut (kuri・栗) flavoured sweets and/or namagashi I’ve ever had. I miss it already. From Togetsu again.
The seasonality of products and activities is really prevalent in Japan which makes it fun to look forward to new things but I’m always a little sad to see them go too.
Shiso is one of my favourite Japanese flavours, especially in sweets. It is often added to make umeboshi but I’ve seen it used a lot of a basil replacement in recipes. It’s really fresh and peppery and a little sweet.
One of my favourite sweet shops in my old neighborhood had a green shiso manjū that I would buy in bulk so I was overjoyed to see Togetsu has a super lovely purple shiso white bean daifuku.
Yusentei matcha set
It took me a while to force myself to stop setting up the new space and explore around the neighborhood. There’s so much I want to see and I have to keep reminding myself- I live here now, there is lots of time to do everything. But first on the list is Yusentei, a temple in Japanese garden that has super cute open air tatami tea room. This place is everything I love, and I can’t wait to see what it looks like in different seasons.
First snippet of calm after the moving boxes storm
Welcome to my first matcha set after moving across the country to Fukuoka! This is almost 2 weeks after i moved and just a little after my apartment stopped looking like a box factory.
Moving to a new place means meeting a lot of new people and re-introducing yourself – frequently. Hobbies are always in the top 3 questions and as might be obvious by the title, matcha, sweets and hiking are my biggest hobbies. Since moving to Kyushu I’d like to save and share the places I’ve seen and the beautiful snacks I’ve eaten.
This autumn leaf and red bean sweet is from a shop nearby: 兎月(とげつ・ togetsu).