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May 2022

Matcha & Mochi

The month of May brings the prized first tea harvest of the year. Green tea is a part of daily life in Japan and often paired with meals or snacks like another Japanese staple: Mochi rice cakes.

This month we want to introduce you to a variety of uniquely Japanese snacks revolving around matcha and mochi. We have selected a variety of sweets, snacks and tea with different textures and flavors for you to truly sample Matcha & Mochi.

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Shippo Design Chopsticks
Sakura Sencha x2
Matcha Cream Daifuku
Matcha Baumkuchen
Matcha Manju
Houjicha Mochi
Nishio Matcha Pie x2
Matcha Wafer
Houjicha Chocolate Crunchy x2
Uji Green Tea Bread
Matcha Karinto
Apricot Kuzumochi
Sweet Potato Kanten x2
Salad Arare
Burdock Arare x2

Shippo Design Chopsticks

Tanaka (Fukui)

With interlocking circles representing happiness and harmony, these chopsticks with an enamel-like finish are sure to bring you good luck.

Sakura Sencha x2

Hagiri (Shizuoka)

Collaborating with Shizuoka-based tea maker Hagiri, we created this limited edition sencha with the aroma of cherry blossoms. Complimenting any kind of sweet or snack, this blend is ideal for a spring tea break.

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 70-80℃.

Matcha Cream Daifuku

Kimura (Kumamoto)

A perfect balance between bitter matcha, sweet cream and bean paste, encased in incredibly smooth mochi.

Matcha Baumkuchen

Kashihara (Tokyo)

Combining Japan’s favorite cake with its favorite tea, this fluffy baumkuchen is infused with Uji’s famous matcha and carefully baked to perfection.

Matcha Manju

Toraya (Kumamoto)

This manju perfectly contrasts the slight bitterness of matcha powder worked into its dough with a sweet red bean paste core. Perfectly accompanies a cup of tea.

Houjicha Mochi

Tengudou (Hokkaido)

A rare find outside of Japan, experience the comforting taste of houjicha with this smooth mochi. The rich flavor pairs well with a cup of light tea.

*Wrapped in edible oblaat

Nishio Matcha Pie x2

Village Nishimura (Shiga)

Folded into 432 layers before baking, this crispy pie has rare Nishio matcha worked into its dough. A delicate balance between sweet and bitter, this treat is perfect with tea or even coffee.

Matcha Wafer

Tabigarasu Honpo (Gunma)

Using a specialist flour from Gunma, these light and crispy wafers sandwich rich and slightly bitter matcha cream.

Houjicha Chocolate Crunchy x2

Village Nishimura (Shiga)

Combining 400 years of tea knowledge from Kyoto’s Rikyuen with their modern approach to sweets, this snack by Nishimura features crunchy dough infused with roasted green tea and then covered in chocolate.

Uji Green Tea Bread

D-Plus (Gunma)

Uji city in Kyoto prefecture is famous for growing Japan’s best matcha. Try it in a new way with this moist and fluffy bread filled with sweet matcha paste.

Matcha Karinto

Panttone (Shizuoka)

Karinto is a simple snack with a history of hundreds of years. Consisting only of flour, yeast and brown sugar, it can easily be combined with other flavors. In this case matcha and matcha chocolate are added for a unique mix of crunchy, bitter and sweet.

Apricot Kuzumochi

Morihaku Confectionery (Gifu)

Filled with sweet and sour Japanese apricots, this refreshing kuzumochi is perfect for hot days.

Sweet Potato Kanten x2

Izumi Bussan (Tokyo)

Japanese sweet potatoes are much sweeter than varieties found elsewhere and feature prominently in Japanese treats. Enjoy the unique taste of baked sweet potato with this kanten.

*Wrapped in edible oblaat

Salad Arare

Kikuichi Arare (Aichi)

Kikuichi take up to five days to pound their rice into sticky soft mochi. Baked just long enough to have a crispy outside but soft center, this arare has a rich and salty umami flavor.

Burdock Arare x2

Morihaku Confectionery (Gifu)

Burdock has been a healthy staple of the Japanese diet for centuries and is often hailed as a superfood. Try its subtle earthy flavor with this crunchy arare. 

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