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.
A true commitment to snacking! I can’t (I can) believe I got to 100 posts so quickly. I love seeing and sharing all the sweet treats I find. This one is a sakura mochi jelly with yōkan (smooth red bean paste jelly) that is actually from the convenience store. I can’t believe how good it was! I added a couple salk preserved sakura blossoms for fun, but I think even without the textures and flavours were really gentle but nice. These roses really just keep giving, every day they open up a bit more. Here’s to 1000s of more snacks in the future.
Sakura Fubuki・桜吹雪, which translates to Sakura Snow Storm is upon us in Fukuoka! At home my baby roses are still in full bloom (man kai・満開).
I got the most beautiful wagashi from Kichi-Zoh to celebrate the last days of blossoms. It is a yōkan based sweet that represents the oar of a boat, peddling through a lake where sakura petals have fallen. How dreamy! The perfect mid-day break imagery for a day a little too busy to go for a walk.
It was a gorgeous sunny day so I headed back to Aburayama to see the cherry blossoms over there. I can see Aburayama from my bedroom window every morning so it was fun to go back. Since it was my second time there I didn’t take as many photos but it was still incredibly nice.
On the walk back home ( I love I can walk home from the mountain so much) I passed by the most beautiful little stretch of river with lots of trees and petals raining down, it was such a nice end to the hike!
I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself when this season is over next week. For now, I will have sakura mochi with sakura paste beside my sakura branches and sakura tea on a sakura plate. I went for a walk in the evening and it was just the prettiest ever.
Inside, I had sakura dorayaki with red bean paste. Dorayaki is like a fluffy little pancake. It was lovely. I have some sakura branches for my home and I love to look at them every second.
But outside! Very early, we went out to see the sakura near my place by the castle ruins in Ohori Koen. It was the perfect weather, and the perfect blossoms and perfect morning.
The mountain in the background is Aburayama, where I’ve been hiking and will try to go again this weekend to see even more blossoms, should I be so lucky.
It is officially full bloom, or man kai・満開 for sakura season. I celebrated with the prettiest sakura and red bean namagashi・生菓子 from Kichi Zoh. Soon the petals will start falling and it will be beautiful as well but I’m hoping for a couple more days.
Some people just have a natural, seemingly endless sources of kindness, generosity and comfort that extends to everyone around them. The owner of Rabbit Moon・兎月 (and all the staff honestly) are just so kind and sweet it truly brightens my day to go there. He always makes time to chat a minute and is patient with my awful Japanese grammar. Now they are selling sakura mochi, which is a long time favourite of mine and is I think the most popular sweet of sakura season. I bought some sakura branches from the florist across from Rabbit Moon and had a moment to appreciate the nice parts of today and this season.
Despite the rain I met a friend at Hachi Cafe for lunch and treats. They are most famous for their matcha tiramisu so I got the houjicha・ほうじ茶 version which is nice and toasted tea, perfectly suited for cooler weather or rainy days. And of course can’t say no to a matcha bowl.
It turned out a more rainy than I had hoped and had to cancel a hike. I still got out to see a few cherry blossom trees (these are in front of my building so I didn’t get that far) and a few treats. Another watermelon and white bean daifuku from Hanabishi・果実大福 華菱. There was a shop nearby selling whip cream and fruit sandwiches, which are incredibly popular in Japan (you can get them at 7-11).