Sometimes Sweets, Japanese "Wagashi"
Hello, everyone! Do you like sweets? Yes, I do! I often eat sweets with coffee when I compose songs, especially when I can’t work it out well. But this is also one of my favorite time in a day.
Though I like some kinds of sweets, I am very interested in Japanese sweets, what we call “Wagashi”. Unexpectedly, they match coffee! Here in Japan, we have lots of kinds of Wagashi, and they are also seasonal ones, we can enjoy them in each season. That’s is one of the way to feel turn of the seasons, it’s very interesting. I’m going to introduce some sweets here.
These sweets represent Japanese hydrangea in rainy season. See, they resemble Japanese hydrangea blooming. We can buy these sweets around June in Kyoto.
These are another kinds of Wagashi resembling Japanese nature in spring. Which do you like? From the left, resembling some flowers in green filed, flower made with Yomogi, spring flower like cherry blossoms, and Sakura-mochi with leaf of cherry blossom. These shapes and colors are so beautiful that I always hesitate to eat soon. They are often made by mochi and inside sweet bean paste.
These below are sweets we can buy around late spring. Form the left, resembling a carp streamer, green leaf, Siberian iris flower, and blooming cherry blossom.
These seasonal sweets are gone away from shops as season rotates. So I often go to the shops and try to catch them, though I worry about my songs!
Sometimes I go to Kyoto with my friends and enjoy the Japanese gardens in temples with sweets. Some temples in Kyoto serve tourist sweets like this. Seeing the garden, we enjoy spending time as we like, in silent space. It’s So nice.
Are you interested in these sweets? If so, you should come to Japan and try to eat them someday!