Bring home a taste of Japan.
Every region of Japan has a unique flavor.
These are small mochi balls covered with zunda, which is basically a paste made of edamame beans. The paste is sweetened with sugar. This is however perishable, and may not be ideal to be taking it back all the way to your home country.
A local dessert made in Kyoto. They are square sheets of mochi folded into a triangle, and filled with red bean paste. There are tons of other flavors nowadays, both mochi and filling.
These are traditional crispy cookies modified into its present state from a plain cookie originally introduced by the Portuguese. It is made of buckwheat, sugar, flour and egg yolk. They are shaped like plum flowers, with a hole in the middle.
These are dumplings made of millet, and covered with kinako (soy bean powder). The old folktale hero, Momotaro (peach boy) feeds these to the animals in return for them to help him fight ogres.
The kibi dango you find being sold in Okayama are usually white like in the photo, and do not contain any millet or any filling. The texture is like mochi.
A local dessert made in Hiroshima. It is a sponge cake shaped like a maple leaf, with red bean paste filling.
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