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August 2021

August 2021: Explore Okinawa

The crystal blue oceans and sandy beaches of Japan's most southern island Okinawa make it the perfect summer getaway. Step away from the beach and you'll be met with rich history and culture. Maybe you'll even meet a Shisa - a guardian lion from Ryukyuan mythology who protects locations from evil spirits.

Perhaps enjoying local cuisine is more your speed. Allow Sakuraco to take you on an Okinawan journey this month with delicious and refreshing Okinawan purple sweet potato sweets, brown sugar delights, Shikuwasa citrus treats and so much more.

what's inside

Sakura Pattern Owan Bowl
Beni Imo Tart
Shikuwasa Jelly
Sanpincha Tea x 2
Brown Sugar Shisa Candy
Sata Andagi Beni Imo Doughnuts
Apple and Mango Melange Jelly
Brown Sugar Manju
Beni Imo Pie x 2
Mini Salted Tofu Chips
Lightly Salted Red Bean Manju
Yuzu Monaka
Issa Senbei x 2
Snow Salt Chinsuko x 2
Kombu Arare Crackers
Kogane Shikuwasa Manju

Sakura Pattern Owan Bowl

By Tanaka Hashiten (Fukui)

Perfect for soups or desserts, this Japan made owan bowl features a fresh and floral design to give your kitchen a spot of refreshing Japanese elegance.

Beni Imo Tart

By Shiroma Confectionery (Okinawa)

Made with 100% Okinawa sourced ingredients, the crispy dough sits below a creamy and sweet mixture of red bean paste and Okinawa’s famous purple sweet potato. An unmissable Okinawa tart.

Shikuwasa Jelly

By Asahiya (Okinawa)

Shikuwasa is one of the most iconic Okinawan flavors, with its refreshing and acidic flavor. Asahiya used the tart Okinawan citrus in a refreshing and unmissable jelly. 


Enjoy it chilled or try it frozen as a sorbet. Perfect for summer.

Sanpincha Tea x 2

By Higa Seicha (Okinawa)

Sanpincha has been enjoyed in Okinawa for centuries, known as a blend of Chinese and Japanese tea that first came into Okinawa during the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom. With its signature Jasmine flavor, it’s exactly what you need for a refreshing summer pick-me-up.

Brown Sugar Shisa Candy

By Okiko (Okinawa)

Shisa are mythological guardians based on lions. Often they are associated with Okinawa, and are used to bring in good spirits. However, now they are here to deliver you a burst of brown sugar goodness, with an outer hard shell protecting a soft sugary center.

Sata Andagi Beni Imo Doughnuts

By Nanpudo (Okinawa)

A traditional Okinawan dessert eaten during auspicious occasions, such as weddings, these ball shaped donuts are packed with purple sweet potato flavor. Try warming them up to elevate the sweet flavor.

Apple and Mango Melange Jelly

By Bairindo (Saitama)

The tropical pairing of apple and mango gives a tropical twist to this Japanese jelly. Refreshing and fruity, it is perfect for restoring energy on a hot summer's day. Enjoy it both chilled or frozen.

Brown Sugar Manju

By Marukiyo Confectionery (Okinawa)

Brown sugar was first introduced into Okinawa in the 17th century, where it quickly became a specialty of the region due to its favorable growing conditions. This gave us such treats as Brown Sugar Manju - with an iconic chewy texture and fragrant brown sugar filling.

Beni Imo Pie x 2

By Marukiyo Confectionery (Okinawa)

Made with Okinawan purple sweet potatoes sourced in Kumejima, Okinawa, the beautiful purple color you see is 100% natural. The juxtaposition of crispy puff pastry and sweet red bean and sweet potato filling make it an addictive tropical sweet.

Mini Salted Tofu Chips

By Akayura (Okinawa)

Made with shimadofu, a tofu essential to Okinawan cuisine, these mini salted chips are a crunchy snack you won’t be able to put down. Try enjoying them as they are for a light snack, or put them in a salad to give it some crunch.

Lightly Salted Red Bean Manju

By Yuranosuke Confectionery (Saitama)

Using Okinawan sea salt and rich red bean paste, manju is the perfect way to balance the flavors of the filling while adding a light and chewy texture.

Yuzu Monaka

By Eguchi Confectionery (Fukuoka)

Inside the crispy monaka wafers of this Fukuoka made treat, you’ll find a fruity and fragrant mix of yuzu citrus and white bean paste. Yuzu is a much loved summer citrus, not to be missed during the hot and humid months.

Issa Senbei x 2

By Kuboyama Confectionery (Fukuoka)

Made with Japan-grown rice and finely chopped green seaweed, this crispy treat reminds us of a fresh ocean breeze. Enjoy the crispy goodness of Japanese senbei.

Snow Salt Chinsuko x 2

By Nanfudo (Okinawa)

Chinsuko is one of Okinawa’s most desired sweets. Thick and sweet shortbread that quickly became a specialty in the region, the added gentle salting brings out the sweetness in the cookie.

Kombu Arare Crackers

By Kikuchi Arare (Aichi)

Made with 100% Japan grown rice, kombu arare are a delicious way to add some crunch into your snack experience. Filled with delicious flavors, from seaweed to shrimp to soy sauce.

Kogane Shikuwasa Manju

By Marukiyo Confectionery (Okinawa)

Striking a balance between sweet, sour and rich, this Okinawan treat combines the flavor of Shikuwasa with sweet red bean paste, all wrapped in a light and airy manju cake.

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