Tag: Japanese sweets

The Best Castella Cake Flavors in Japan

Castella cakes have been in Japan since the 16th Century when Portuguese missionaries arrived in Nagasaki. The delectable sponge like cake made its way to mainland Japan, and flourished with exciting variations, flavors and shapes.

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A photogaph of a man hiding some roses and gifts behind his back for White Day.

What is Japan’s White Day?-March 14th

While Valentines Day in Japan involves women given chocolates to men, White Day is when men have to return the favor. However, the secret meanings behind these sweets are entirely different! Read on to learn more about the significance of gift-giving on White Day!

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Valentine’s Day in Japan: Giri & Honmei Choco

Valentine’s Day in Japan consists of two main treats: giri-choco for the colleagues, and honmei choco for the loved ones. There is a simple reason for that: Chocolate introduced Valentine’s Day to the country in the first place.

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