For your friends that are hard to shop for.
(But we won't tell if you eat them on the plane home).
HI-CHEW is a well-known Japanese candy sold in some places in the U.S., too. There are many regional flavors only available in Japan which makes it a fun, light souvenir. Click to see the varieties!
When it comes to Japan, KitKats mean variety. From sweet to spicy, Japanese KitKats are definitely an exciting souvenir to bring home.
These stick-shaped biscuits have been around for many years, and there are lots of different and interesting flavors to choose from.
Here we have a list of foods from different regions that are good as souvenirs.
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In this video you will see a candy sculpture artist create animals out of candy while it's hot.
Candy shaped and colored like sushi
Often times you will be able to find colorful candy at souvenir shops, like the one shown above.
This is a type of candy with a spikey surface, originally introduced to Japan by the Portugese. They are sometimes flavored with things such as fruit. You may have seen them if you have seen the Japanese anime movie, "Spirited Away".
You can find onsen manju sold in areas famous for its hot springs. It consists of a cake-like outer skin, with bean paste filling. Sometimes they are sold hot right out of the steamer.
Ningyo- means doll, and yaki means cooked or baked. They are small sponge cakes in the shapes of faces or objects, and are filled ususally with sweet red bean paste.
These are charcoal-grilled dumplings. It can be flavored with soy sauce, red bean paste, or soy bean powder.
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These are rice crackers and you can find them anywhere in the country. You can find different flavors such as soy sauce, seaweed, sesame seeds, salt, and sometimes spicy ones covered with powdered red pepper.
These are small rice crackers, and they can come in all sorts of shapes, flavors, and colors. Hina-arare is a type of arare you eat on girl's day (March 3rd), and they are usually colored white, pink and green.
A local dessert made in Tokyo. It is popped rice, clustered together with sugar.
These are small bread-like sticks deep fried, and coated with sugar. The dark colored types are coated with brown sugar, and the white colored types are coated with white sugar and/or honey. A variety of colors can be found recently, which contains different vegetables in the dough.