Japanese sweets known as wagashi, comes in various categories and the Japanese desserts look good and taste good.
Amanatto is a traditional Japanese dessert made from azuki (a small red- brown sweet bean) or other types of beans such as kidney beans or white French beans, coated with sugar after simmering in sugar syrup.
Anmitsu is a popular Japanese dessert made from small cubes of agar jelly, sweet azuki bean paste, boiled peas and a variety of fruits. It comes with a pot of sweet black syrup, which is poured on the jelly before eating. The word Anmitsu comes from ‘an’ which is bean paste and ‘mitsu’ meaning syrup. It is an excellent summer dessert and a favorite dessert of Tokyo.
Botamochi are sweet rice balls made from sweet rice and sweet azuki red bean paste. It is identical to the sweet Ohagi. Botamochi is eaten in spring and is named after the spring flower boton, and Ohagi is eaten in autumn during the Buddhist festival period known as Higan.
Daifuku is a popular Japanese confectionary that is used as tradition gifts in ceremonial occasions because daifuku literally means ‘good luck’. It is a small cup cake made from glutinous rice (mocha) and sweetened red bean paste. They are made in two sizes; 3cm and palm-sized and covered with corn or potato starch to keep them sticking together.
Dango is soft and sweet round dumpling made from rice flour (mochika) and three or four dango are served on a skewer. They are very easy to make and are usually served with green tea. There are varieties of dango depending on the color and seasoning made with or served with.
Dorayaki is a tasty flavored Japanese confectionary which is a sweet cake with fillings. It is made from two round shaped pancakes made from Castella (Japanese sponge cake) with sweet bean paste filling. It is named because it resembles the shape of Dora (gong).
7. Hanabira Mochi
Hanabira mochi which literally means ‘flower petal mocha’ is a Japanese sweet which is eaten at the beginning of the year. It is a rice cake folded around sweet white bean paste and in the center is a thin strip of sweetly flavored burdock root, which protrudes on both sides.
Kakigori is a popular Japanese summer dessert loved by all generations and dated back to more than thousand years. It is shaved ice dessert flavored with syrup and condensed milk. The popular flavors of Kakigori are strawberry, cherry, lemon, green tea, sweet plum, grape, blue Hawaii and melon and sometimes the syrups are mixed to get multi-colors. The Kakigori is sweetened by condensed milk poured on top of it.
Kompeitos are small colorful sugar candies which were introduced in Japan around the 15th and 16th century by traders from Europe. They are standard thank-you-for-coming gift given by the Imperial House of Japan and the Kompeito gift comes in a small box called bonbonieru.
Kurikinton is a Japanese concoction of Japanese sweet potatoes (Satsuma-imo) and candied chestnuts. It is very important to use only this type of sweet potato. It is one of traditional New Year Osechi-ryori feast.
Kusamochi is a Japanese sweet which is considered as a seasonal dish for spring. Susa is ‘grass’ and mochi is ‘rice cake’ and Kusamochi which is made from mochi and leaves of Japanese mugwort plant known as yomogi in Japan. It is sprinkled with soybean flour.
Kuzumochi is a cool sweet and delicious Japanese summer dessert made with just kuzu powder, sugar and water, dusted with kinako soy flour and covered in sweet brown sugar syrup.
Manju is a Japanese steamed cake with the outside made from flour, rice powder and buckwheat and with a variety of fillings, and the most popular filling is sweet bean paste. Manju is unique to certain regions such as momiji manju in Hiroshima and Miyajima and Jumangoku manju is the regional variety of Saitama prefecture.
Monaka is a Japanese dessert served with tea. It consists of two crisp wafers made from mochi and with azuki bean filling between them. The shape of the wafers is usually round, but it can also be square or triangular and the fillings can be made from sesame seeds, chestnut puree or ice-cream.
Ohagi is a traditional Japanese dessert made from sweet rice and anko bean paste. It consists of a ball of sweet rice surrounded with a layer of sweet with bean paste. They are commonly eaten during the Higan period in autumn.
Sakuramochi is a Japanese cherry blossom scented dessert made from sweet pink mochi (rice cake) and red bean paste covered with sakura (cherry blossom) leaf. Sakuramochi means ‘cherry rice cake’ and it is eaten during cherry blossom viewing party.
Suama is a Japanese dessert made of non-glutinous rice flour, hot water and sugar and it is dyed red. It is shaped by sushi rolling mat which gives the product a slightly bumpy surface.
Taiyaki is a famous Japanese fish-shaped pan-cake like cake filled with sweet red bean paste and fried to a golden perfection. Other fillings may be custard, sesame paste, chocolate, sweet potato, cheese etc.
Tokoroten is noodles shaped Japanese dish made from jelly extracted from seaweeds such as Tengusa and Ogonori and shaped into noodles and eaten with flavorings, which vary from region to region. Vinegar, sesame, hot pepper or soy sauce are popular flavorings. It is a very healthy dish because the jelly contains no calories.
Uiro is a chewy and sweet traditional Japanese steamed cake made of rice flour and sugar. It is made in many flavors like azuki bean paste, green tea, strawberry, chestnut etc. The city of Nagoya is particularly famous for its uiro.
Wasanbon candies are multicolored candies made with Wasanbon sugar, which is fine-grained sugar, with spicy notes, made in Japan. It is manufactured in the prefectures of Tokushima and Kagawa on Shikoku Island.
Yatsuhashi is a cinnamon flavored Japanese sweet made of mashed red beans wrapped up in rice flour skin. They come in two forms; soft and hard cookie-like. Yatsuhashi are the traditional sweets of Kyoto.
Yokan is a Japanese sweet made from red bean paste, agar and sugar. Sometimes additional flavors like chestnuts, fruits, figs, sweet potato etc are added.
Japanese desserts are easy to make and are popular for their mouth-watering taste and nutritious value and they have found a place in the top menus of the world for its combination of sweetness, spiciness and an array of beautiful colors.