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July 2022

Tea Time in Yokohama

Through an influx of American, European and Chinese traders, Yokohama has been shaped by cultural influences from all over the world while retaining a Japanese air.

Makers like Hamasuzu carry on production of Yokohama’s unique sweets, creating confectioneries that offer a unique blend of traditional Japanese and Western confectioneries.

This month we want to share Yokohama’s delights with you, through an assortment of traditional Yokohama confectioneries, snacks and of course tea.

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Yokohama Hama Nashi Pear Jelly
Fragrant Houjicha x2
Bikkuri Dorayaki
Yokohama Orange Cake
Olive Arare x2
Peanut Makorons
Yokohama Chocolate Crunchy x2
Chocolate Bread
Kyoho Grape Jelly
Romansketch Biscuit x2
Sakura Side Plate
Seagull Almond x2
Kamakura Cream Wafer x2
Temari Arare

Yokohama Hama Nashi Pear Jelly

Marui Shokuhin (Kanagawa)

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Made with luxurious hamanashi pears grown in Yokohama, this refreshing jelly is a true rarity. Yokohama nashi pears are usually sold directly by the gardens and orchards they are grown in, and don’t make it onto the market. Enjoy a Sakuraco exclusive Yokohama specialty.

Fragrant Houjicha x2

Brooks (Yokohama)

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This houjicha is roasted at a lower temperature and for a longer time than usual to preserve the green tea’s original flavor. Its fragrant aroma and slightly sweet taste goes well with both Japanese and Western style sweets.

To bring out the full flavor of the tea, brew the tea in water boiled to 100℃. However, if you prefer a milder flavor, try enjoying it with water heated to roughly 80℃.

Bikkuri Dorayaki

Keiesu (Aichi)

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‘Bikkuri’ translates to surprise, which is what this dorayaki aims for. Sweet red bean paste is mixed with salty margarine for a hearty snack. Big enough to share, we recommend it with a hot cup of tea.

Yokohama Orange Cake

Hamasuzu (Yokohama)

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Rich orange peel flavor meets moist dough in this classic Yokohama style orange cake. Not too sweet, it perfectly complements a cup of tea or even coffee.

Olive Arare x2

Morihaku Confectionery (Gifu)

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Blending East and West, this crunchy arare combines glutinous Japanese rice with extra virgin olive oil and basil. Perfect for a light afternoon snack with tea.

Peanut Makorons

Shimura Kasei Dou (Saitama)

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Not to be mistaken for the colorful french macaron, these makorons are a unique Japanese pastry based on Italian amaretti cookies. Instead of almonds, peanuts are the main ingredient, giving these cookies a rich taste.

Yokohama Chocolate Crunchy x2

Sanyo Bussan (Yokohama)

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Sweet milk and white chocolate are mixed with savory puffs to create a perfect balance with a crispy texture.

Chocolate Bread

Tokyo Bread (Toyama)

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This fluffy and moist chocolate bread is packed with rich chocolate flavor and perfect to share over a Yokohama-style breakfast cup of tea.

Kyoho Grape Jelly

Morihaku Confectionery (Gifu)

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Wrapped in traditional Japanese packaging, this refreshing jelly is packed full of sweet Kyoho grape flavor. Perfect when served chilled on a hot summer day.

Romansketch Biscuit x2

Takara Confectionery (Yokohama)

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19 different designs of famous Yokohama landmarks are printed on two crispy biscuits that sandwich mildly sweet vanilla cream. A popular souvenir evoking a Yokohama atmosphere.

Sakura Side Plate

Bloom (Gifu)

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Cherry blossoms dance in the warm spring breeze on this little side plate. Perfect to add some color to your afternoon tea.

Seagull Almond x2

Momosaki Confectionery (Yokohama)

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Seagulls are a popular symbol of Yokohama’s famous harbor. For this popular souvenir, crispy whole almonds are covered in a sweet milk coating.

Kamakura Cream Wafer x2

Omori (Kanagawa)

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The city of Kamakura, just south of Yokohama, once served as Japan’s capital. It is famous for its buddhist temples lined with blooming Hydrangea flowers in the summer, which served as the inspiration for this sweet cream filled wafer.

Temari Arare

Minoya Arare (Yokohama)

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Temari are colorful embroidered balls, usually made from kimono fabric. What started as a toy is now a respected craft, and this Yokohama-made salad flavor arare uses the resemblance for its packaging.

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