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Wagashi

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Wagashi (和菓子) is a traditional Japanese confectionery which is often served with tea, especially the types made of mochi, azuki bean paste, and fruits.

Wagashi is typically made from natural based (mainly plant) ingredients. The names used for wagashi commonly fit a formula—a natural beauty and a word from ancient literature; they are thus often written with hyōgaiji (kanji that are not commonly used or known), and are glossed with furigana.

Being made mainly from various beans and grains, the distinctive flavors of their natural ingredients gives the overall dish a pleasant and delicate aroma. Wagashi is characterized by a soft, moist and crispy texture that reveal the freshness, quality and originality of its ingredients.

Wagashi represents a small Japanese dessert, part of Traditional Food in Tokyo. The figures and colors of Wagashi indicate the change of season. The Wagashi can take the shape of maple leaves during autumn and have the respective colors, or pink during Cherry Blossom.

Wagashi is widely available in Japan, but rare enough outside it.

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References

Wagashi, en.wikipedia.org

The Art of The five Senses, www.toraya-group.co.jp

Summer Japanese Sweets to Cool You Down, pingmag.jp