June marks the start of summer in Japan and Tsuyu, the rainy season, which traditionally starts on June 7th. While the rainy season brings with it beautiful flowers and fresh native citrus fruits like mikan orange, yuzu and hyuganatsu, it can also be very hot and humid.
Staying refreshed can be tricky during June, which is why we see a lot of fresh, fruity and cooling sweets during this time. We were inspired by the rainy season and wanted to share refreshing Japanese citrus cakes, cooling jellies and indulgent tarts to help you escape the early summer heat.
By Tanaka Hashiten (Fukui)
When you have visitors to your house in Japan, it’s time to use the Obon tray. Perfect for serving refreshments, this handy Obon tray features a motif of the four distinct Japanese seasons.
By Satoen (Shizuoka)
Shizuoka Prefecture born Satoen are proud to present their Genmaicha, a tea created from the combination of brown rice and green tea. Known for being fragrant, this tea also utilizes matcha for added flavor.
Ebisu Confectionery (Osaka)
Cool down with refreshing Japanese Summer Fruits Jelly, featuring juicy Japanese mikan orange and grapes. Try plating the jelly to enjoy the full effect of this summer exclusive.
By Eguchi Confectionery (Fukuoka)
Inside this crispy monaka wafer, you’ll find a fresh citrus surprise. Mixing Hyuganatsu, a popular summer citrus fruit with a grapefruit like flavor, and white anko, the filling is a sweet and slightly tart summer treat.
By Haraya (Shimane)
Crafted by Haraya, a maker with 103 years of snack making experience, this delightful fish shaped delight that is unique to Japan is filled with a rich, matcha flavored center.
Nakayama Confectionery (Tochigi)
The rich, bitter and fresh combination of orange and cocoa come together, blending in harmony as the filling of this light summer tart.
By Nakajima Taishodō (Osaka)
Soothing and rich, Hōjicha Warabi Mochi is what you need when you’re looking for a light snack. It has a light and jelly-like texture, that blends perfectly with the roasted Japanese tea flavor. Top with the roasted soy kinako flour for the full experience.
Tenkei Confectionery (Nagano)
Made with locally sourced eggs, the Fresh Orange Cake by Tenkei adds orange peel to the cake mix before carefully baking - creating a cake with a deep and addictive orange flavor.
By Marushin Foods (Niigata)
Take a refreshing break and indulge in sweet Mochi Azuki Jelly. Known for helping people to cool down, this jelly is filled with mochi and azuki beans for an unforgettable summer sweet.
By Ash Foods (Okayama)
Perfect for sharing, Uji Matcha cake goes perfectly with a cool beverage on a hot day. Thanks to the rich matcha flavor and texture of the beans, eating this will give you a sense of authentic Japanese flavors.
By Akanemaru (Mie)
Over time, Akanemaru developed a fabulous and fluffy dorayaki recipe that we’re excited to share with you this month. Inside the pancakes, you’ll find anko made from 5 colors of sweet beans, balancing its elegant flavor and visual appeal.
By Kawachi Surugaya (Osaka)
Exploring a popular summer sweet, manju, the komachi chestnut pie takes a creative approach. It surrounds the delicious chestnut in sweet pie crust - blending Japanese and western culture wonderfully.
By Iwatsuka Confectionery (Niigata)
Break up your sweet tea time with these elegant crackers. Blending together the flavors of sour plum and slightly spicy wasabi, Plum & Wasabi Okaki is a fantastic light snack during the summer months.
By Bairindō (Saitama)
Crispy and crunchy, this unique rice cracker features the fresh and summery flavor of seaweed. By placing the seaweed on top of the cracker, it emphasizes the addictive salty flavor.
By Yoneya (Chiba)
Easy for an on the go snack, this Salt Yokan blends the flavors of sweet anko with a salt accent. Recently salt has been featured in many summer sweets, and we’re excited to share one with you.