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A Different Side Of Japan Each Month!

September 2022

Kyoto Moon Festival

Considered Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto is the place in Japan where Japanese history and tradition are most alive, particularly during the time of the moon viewing festivities.

This month we want to share Kyoto’s many delights with you, both culinary and cultural. Enjoy traditional confectioneries, snacks and tea in the Tsukimi moonlight.

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Gion Tsujiri Houjicha
Yatsuhashi
Kinako Mochi
Kyoto Candy
Mangetsu Pon Ama-Kara Soy Sauce
Tsukimi Plate
Retro Animal Yochi Cookie
Kyoto Houjicha Latte Pudding
Kyoto Moon Viewing Gaufrette
Soba Boro
Wasabi Pistachio & Soy Cashew
Matcha Cream Senbei
Satsumaimo Bread
Yuzu Dorayaki
Tanba Black Bean Arare

Gion Tsujiri Houjicha

Gion Tsujiri (Kyoto)

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Gently roasted from the inside through a sand oven, this houjicha has a strong aroma but light flavor. Pairing well with both sweet and savory snacks, it is the perfect palate cleanser.

Yatsuhashi

Shogoin Yatsuhashi (Kyoto)

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Unchanged since its conception 330 years ago, this traditional confectionery is made using only rice flour, sugar and nikki, Japanese cinnamon. Baked into the shape of a Japanese zither called koto, it is dedicated to famous composer Yatsuhashi Kengyo.

Kinako Mochi

Iwatsuka Confectionery (Niigata)

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Arare, despite its crunchy rather than chewy texture, is also a type of mochi. This one is sprinkled with kinako soybean flour and wasanbon, an extremely fine-grained Japanese sugar.

Kyoto Candy

Amesho Sawahara (Kyoto)

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Handmade by a Kyoto craftsman exclusively for Sakuraco, these traditional hard candies come in six classic Japanese flavors: Brown sugar, Japanese mint, matcha, shiso, ginger and plum. Their special finish and deep flavor are testimony to the craftsmanship behind them

Mangetsu Pon Ama-Kara Soy Sauce

Matsuoka Confectionery (Osaka)

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With its 100th birthday rapidly approaching, this rich, soy sauce flavored senbei has been a favorite of young and old for a while. With its round shape reminiscent of the full moon, the auspicious rabbit was chosen for its cute retro packaging.

Tsukimi Plate

Dibajon (Kanagawa)

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Kyoto’s Yasaka pagoda is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Towering over the picturesque wooden houses of the Higashiyama district, it offers the perfect foreground for the tsukimi festival. Working with a local ceramist, we decided to bring this tsukimi feeling to you with this exclusive plate.

Retro Animal Yochi Cookie

Shimura Kaseido (Saitama)

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These classic sugar-glazed cookies in the shape of animals and auspicious symbols are bound to unleash nostalgia in anyone biting into them. With their satisfying crunch followed by a light sweetness they are perfect for spicing up a cup of tea.

Kyoto Houjicha Latte Pudding

Morihaku Confectionery (Gifu)

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Confectionery experts Morihaku collaborated with us for another Sakuraco tsukimi exclusive. Mixing traditional and modern, this pudding combines the rich aroma of Kyoto houjicha with a gentle sweetness.

Kyoto Moon Viewing Gaufrette

Gion Tsujiri (Kyoto)

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Japan’s most famous matcha is grown in the city of Uji in Kyoto prefecture. Gion Tsujiri began growing their prized matcha here in 1860, with their time-consuming method of stone-grinding unchanged since then. This Sakuraco exclusive sandwiches rich Uji matcha cream between two crisp wafers branded with a tsukimi theme.

Soba Boro

Taniguchi (Kyoto)

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Boro is the Portuguese word for cake and gives a hint to the origin of this buckwheat treat. One of Japan’s very first ‘Western style Japanese sweets’, boro are light cookies with a biscotti-like texture perfect for an afternoon tea snack. Boro made with buckwheat like these are a Kyoto specialty and a popular souvenir.

Wasabi Pistachio & Soy Cashew

Mametomi Honpo (Kyoto)

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Creating traditional bean focused confectioneries since 1908, Mametomi Honpo recently introduced a new line of nut snacks with cute maiko designs called Komamehan.

The soy sauce covered cashews are perfect for a light afternoon snack with tea. For those who enjoy a spicy snack, try the wasabi covered pistachios

Matcha Cream Senbei

Seki Confectionery (Kyoto)

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In business since 1918, Seki Confectionery are specialists in manufacturing senbei rice crackers. Inspired by gaufrette wafers, they use their crisp senbei to sandwich Uji matcha cream.

Satsumaimo Bread

Tokyo Bread (Toyama)

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Japan’s satsumaimo sweet potato has a notably sweeter taste compared to its Western counterparts. Taste its rich flavor with this fluffy bread.

Yuzu Dorayaki

Suzuya Ginkakuji (Kyoto)

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Highly particular about sourcing only the finest local ingredients, Kyoto-based Suzuya are focusing on only the highest quality dorayaki. Combining pastry made with Mie Prefecture grown wheat with refreshing Yuzu grown in Ehime Prefecture, they certainly succeeded with this one.

Tanba Black Bean Arare

Morihaku Confectionery (Gifu)

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Tanba black soybeans are a specialty grown in the Kyoto area. They are a popular ingredient for traditional Japanese desserts. Discover them with this crunchy arare.

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