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Japanese traditional sweets that should not be missed!! Most of their best-before dates are short, so enjoy as much as possible while you're in Japan.

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Manjyu, one of the classic Japanese confectionery, is a steamed bun with sweet azuki bean paste inside. You may find manjyu using seasonal fillings like sakura during spring, chestnuts and sweet potatoes during autumn, etc.

[MBF] Shiose Souhonke
Shiose Manjyu: 1,188 yen (9 pieces)

Manjyu made by a wagashi shop with a history of over 600 years! A bite-size manjyu with azuki bean paste wrapped inside a dough made from Japanese yam. With its light taste, you can't get enough of it.

[MBF] Hanazono Manjyu
Hanazono Manjyu: 2,484 yen (6 pieces)

Uniquely-shaped manjyu that is carefully handmade by skilled wagashi confectioner. Smooth azuki bean paste and steamed moist dough made from Japanese yam make a great match.

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Mochi Sweets
Mochi is a thick, steamed rice cake that is quite chewy and sticky. Mochi is often used in Japanese treats in a lighter form like "daifuku" and "gyuhi" as shown below.

[MBF] Eitaro
Black Bean Daifuku: 249 yen each

Daifuku is round, palm-size mochi sweet with sweet filling inside. Eitaro's daifuku has sweet azuki bean paste inside easy-to-chew mochi with black beans.

[MBF] Morihachi
Chitose: 1,134 yen (6 pieces)

Red and white mochi sweet with sugar coating. Morihachi's classic azuki bean paste is wrapped inside soft mochi skin called "gyuhi."

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Ohagi is steamed sticky rice ball coated with azuki bean, kinako (roasted soy bean flour), black sesame, etc. The texture of rice changes depending on how much it's ground (sometimes it's not ground at all!). During spring time, ohagi is called "botamochi."

[MBF] Sentaro
Ohagi: 195 yen each

Sentaro's ohagi uses aojiso leaves (Japanese herb) inside sticky rice for a light, not so sweet taste. You might eat it up in no time because of its simple taste.
*Picture shows azuki bean flavor (left) and roasted soy bean flour with azuki paste inside (right).

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Dorayaki consists of 2 pieces of small pancakes with azuki bean paste sandwiched inside. The size of dorayaki and amount of filling changes depending on the shop, so it might be fun looking for a dorayaki that suits your taste.

[MBF] Bunmeido Tokyo
Mikasayama: 173 yen each

Bunmeido Tokyo's palm-size dorayaki has Hokkaido azuki bean paste carefully boiled to bring out its flavor sandwiched inside fluffy pancakes. Other than their basic azuki flavor, seasonal flavors like chestnuts and sakura are available occasionally.

[MBF] Eitaro
Nihonbashi Dorayaki: 173 yen each

(crushed azuki bean)
Crushed bean paste is used to bring the best out of the azuki beans. Soft, springy pancakes match well with the crushed azuki bean filling.

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Japanese crackers are so rich in variety, they won't make you bored! Munch on to these crispy treats that come in different flavors including soy sauce, salt, sugar coated, seafood, etc. They can be kept for a long time, so great for souvenirs too!

Sakusaku Nikki: 1,296 yen

(shrimp~6, scallop~6)
Cute, bite-size crackers filled with the delicious flavors of shrimp and scallop. 1 packet is just the right size to fill your tummy for a snack. Colorful, Japanese pattern package is also eye-catching!

[MBF] Ogura Sansou
Ogura Yamashunjyu: 1,080 yen
(8 packets)
1 packet contains 8 pieces of bite-size rice crackers. Each cracker has different flavor and expressing Japan's 4 seasons. Colorful wrapping is great to take back home as a souvenir!

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Yokan is a thick Japanese jelly made from red bean, sugar, and agar. Usually sold in a rectangular block, it is cut into slices when serving. Also, there is "mizu yokan" which has a lighter texture that melts in your mouth. Mizu yokan is usually sold in summer (except some cold regions sell it during winter!).

[MBF] Toraya
Ogura Yokan Yoru no Ume: 3,024 yen

As its name "Night Plum" says, the azuki beans in the yokan looks alike to white plum blossoms glimmering in the night when sliced. A low-fat, gluten-free confectionery made solely from plant-based ingredients like azuki beans, sugar and agar.

[MBF] Kinokuniya
Agari Yokan: 130 yen each

After adding a small amount of water and flour to azuki bean paste, Kinokuniya's yokan is steamed for hours to create a soft texture. No additive used. Best chilled to enjoy the melting texture of yokan.

*All prices include tax.
*As of SEPT 2019.

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