Spring’s bright colors feature prominently in Japanese sweets, with cherry blossom pink particularly popular during sakura season.
January is a quiet time of reflection in Japan, and once February arrives the country jumps back into gear beginning with Setsubun. Read on to see what follows.
When talking about traditional Japanese alcohol, many people think of Japanese sake (rice wine). However, another popular drink that many people fall in love with is the popular Japanese plum wine.
Spending any amount of time in Japan will see contact with ume fruit. Whether it is pickled or used in alcohol, its products are very popular and used in a variety of dishes and as flavoring.
Japan’s luxury fruit commands unbelievable prices, and is closely tied to age-old gift giving culture.
Head to any kissaten (old-style coffee shop) in Japan, and chances are you’ll spot kohii zerii (coffee jelly) on the menu. A staple of Japanese coffee shops since the 1960s, Japanese coffee jelly has become so popular over the years that you can even spot it readymade in the chilled section in convenience stores.
Like many things, Japan does Valentine’s differently. More than love letters or roses, chocolate takes center stage for many reasons.
Some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it aged in a wooden cask, some like it in a cocktail. However you like it, Japanese sake (rice wine) is sure to be a winner.
While lacking the centuries-old history of wagashi, Japanese chocolate has risen to world fame in a relatively short amount of time.