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August 2022

Okinawa Retreat

Home to the happiest and healthiest people in the world, the tropical islands of Japan’s Okinawa prefecture developed their own distinct culture.

Okinawa is known for its natural beauty, relaxed spirit and rich food culture.

This month we want to share Okinawa’s atmosphere and sweet delights with you, through a mix of traditional confectioneries, snacks and of course tea.

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Okinawa Shikuwasa Jelly
Blueberry Tart x2
Okinawa Brown Sugar Bread
Okinawa Sanpincha x2
Okinawa Cinnamon Cookie
Walnut Cookie x2
Ichimatsu Chopsticks
Chili Shrimp Arare x2
Okinawa Brown Sugar Kuzumochi
Sata Andagi Brown Sugar Donut
Shikuwasa Manju
Tannafakuru Brown Sugar Cookie
Snow Salt Milk Chinsuko x2
Brown Sugar Karinto

Okinawa Shikuwasa Jelly

By Marukiyo (Okinawa)

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Shikuwasa, sometimes called Okinawa limes, are famous for their health benefits. Working together with Marukiyo, we’ve created this refreshingly sour jelly made with shikuwasa grown in Ogimi Village, the capital of longevity. Perfect to recharge and get back out in the sun.

Blueberry Tart x2

By Ito Confectionery (Ibaraki)

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Moist cheesecake dough meets sweet and sour blueberry jam in this mini tart. Excellent with a cup of tea to balance the sweetness.

Okinawa Brown Sugar Bread

By Tokyo Bread (Toyama)

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The rich characteristic taste of Okinawa brown sugar meets fluffy and moist dough. Perfect to recharge with for an afternoon snack.

Okinawa Sanpincha x2

By Higa Seicha (Okinawa)

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A blend of Chinese & Japanese tea leaves and jasmine flowers has been Okinawa’s tea of choice for centuries. Incredibly refreshing both hot or iced, its low caffeine content makes it the perfect tea for any time of day. Mildly sweet, it complements any kind of treat.

Okinawa Cinnamon Cookie

By Marukiyo (Okinawa)

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Despite its small size, Ogimi Village produces an impressive amount of different goods. Cinnamon might be a rather unexpected one, but the village is home to many cinnamon trees well over 100 years old. Usually cinnamon is made from the bark, but in Ogimi the leaves are used instead, as they also possess a high amount of flavor and aroma, protecting the valuable trees.

Paired with plenty of brown sugar, this cookie is guaranteed to be an afternoon tea highlight.

Walnut Cookie x2

By Hidano (Nagano)

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These crispy cookies combine fresh walnuts with moist dough, perfectly balancing earthy taste and sweetness.

Ichimatsu Chopsticks

By Tanaka Hashiten (Fukui)

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The checkerboard pattern is known as ‘Ichimatsu’ in Japanese, its unbroken - and endlessness signifies prosperity.

Chili Shrimp Arare x2

By Morihaku Confectionery (Gifu)

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Made with spicy chili oil from Okinawa, this rich shrimp arare is perfect for a hot summer day. Ideal to offset sweetness after dessert.

Okinawa Brown Sugar Kuzumochi

By Morihaku Confectionery (Gifu)

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This kuzumochi is packed full of rich Okinawa brown sugar perfect for stress relief. We recommend savoring it slowly with a cup of hot tea.

Sata Andagi Brown Sugar Donut

By Nanpudo (Okinawa)

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Yet another example of the Okinawan language, this traditional dessert for auspicious occasions is an Okinawa favorite. ‘Sata’ means sugar and ‘andagi’ stands for deep-fried. We recommend trying them warmed up with a cup of tea.

Shikuwasa Manju

By Marukiyo (Okinawa)

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When shikuwasa are left to fully ripen, their skin turns from deep green to a golden yellow and their tanginess increases. These fruits are called ‘Kugani’, literally gold. Kugani grown in Ogimi village are wrapped in rich dough for this manju, perfectly balancing sour and sweet while leaving you refreshed.

Tannafakuru Brown Sugar Cookie

By Marukiyo (Okinawa)

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This soft cookie is named after its creator ‘Tannafa’, and the Okinawan word for black, ‘kuru’. Rich in Okinawa brown sugar, we recommend it alongside a cup of tea for a moment of peace.

Snow Salt Milk Chinsuko x2

By Nanpudo (Okinawa)

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Japan’s favorite sweet Okinawa souvenir, chinsuko cookies, have been around for centuries and were once reserved for royalty. By combining mineral rich snow salt from Miyako island with creamy milk, this version perfectly balances salty and sweet.

Brown Sugar Karinto

By Yamada Confectionery (Aichi)

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Karinto is one of Japan’s oldest brown sugar sweets. Honey is added to the sugar, achieving just the right amount of sweet crunchiness.

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