Sweets for early spring and the Doll Festival



Our shop is located near Bairin Park, one of the most famous gardens in Japan known for its beautiful Japanese plum (Ume) trees. There are as many as 1300 trees of about 50 varieties in this park, and so many people visit there every year around their peak season, which falls early- to mid-March.
The Ume Festival is also held in mid-March as well (Mar. 10 and 11 this year).

We have a Higashi (dried sweets) product associated with these Ume trees and blossoms (left).
This is made from a pair of thinly sliced Mochi (sticky rice) wafers, sandwiching a mixture of Ume paste and a special type of sugar that has a stronger flavor than regular types called “Wasanbon-tou.” The sugar’s flavor compliments the flavor and scent of ume plum.

Of course, we are still selling sweets for the “Doll Festival (Hina-matsuri)” that falls on March 3rd. One of them is called ”Hina-no-yoi” (On the night of the Doll Festival: right). This is a sweetened flat Mochi (sticky rice) stuffed with grainy sweetened azuki bean paste sandwiched with a pair of thinly sliced Mochi wafers. This sweet is branded with the Emperor and Empress on the surface.

The “Hina-Matsuri” originated in China where people had a custom of making paper dolls and would throw them down the river hoping the dolls could take away evil spirits. Now, the Japanese people display at home beautiful dolls dressed in the Japanese Heian-era costumes representing the Emperor, Empress and their court. We hope that our daughters will grow healthy and become as graceful and beautiful as the Heian nobility.




Posted on 火曜日, 2月 27th, 2018 at 2:49 PM and is filed under blog in English. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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