What is “Wagashi”?
Wagashi is a popular Japanese food culture. Wagashi come in a variety of shapes and forms, but the key point that attracts the world’s attention is their cute appearance.
In Japan, the concept of “cute” is closely related to daily life. Wagashi is no exception. Many wagashi are based on adorable motifs such as animals and flowers. Such wagashi can be enjoyed both in appearance and texture. If you visit a wagashi shop in Japan, you can buy the store’s original cute-looking wagashi.
Example Of Wagashi
One of the cutest wagashi is manju. For example, kintsuba is a square-shaped bun, but it often has cute designs on it, such as cherry blossoms or anime characters. Japanese people have always wanted to add patterns to their sweets, so there are many variations that can be enjoyed.
Another famous cute Wagashi is “Dorayaki,” consisting of two small dough pieces with azuki bean paste sandwiched between them. This dorayaki has become world-famous as a favorite of the popular Japanese cartoon character “Doraemon“!
A particularly unique and playful Japanese confectionery is Amezaiku. Amezaiku is a type of Japanese confectionery characterized by the use of melted sugar to create intricate and adorable animal shapes right before the customer’s eyes. Amezaiku can be enjoyed not only by the sense of taste but also by the sense of sight.
Another characteristic Wagashi is yokan. Yokan is a traditional Japanese confectionery made of red bean paste, agar, and sugar, and has a hard, jelly-like texture. Yokan is usually eaten in small rectangular slices.
Other of Wagashi
Of course, wagashi is not only about cute designs. There are also many traditional and elegant wagashi with intricate patterns and delicate colors inspired by the changing seasons and the beauty of nature.
Wagashi is a Japanese delicacy that can be enjoyed by everyone, whether you like cute designs or want to appreciate the art of traditional Japanese confectionery.
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In recent years, the popularity of wagashi has spread to other countries around the world, and you can now taste them in specialty stores and cafes. However, most wagashi are only available locally in Japan. If you are tempted to try them after reading this article, we hope you will come to Japan to taste them.
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