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From salty and savory rice crackers to intricate, handcrafted wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) - and everything in between - Japan offers snacks and sweets to suit every occasion and season.Yet the finest quality treats stay true to the Japanese philosophy of delicately balanced flavors using simple, fresh ingredients.
OurJapanese Snacks and Sweets: “Raku” Care Packagegets its name from the kanji楽 (raku) which means “fun and easy” and showcases the varied flavors of Japan's best snacks and sweets. We also include an English brochurewhichhighlights what makes our products unique as well as the stories behind our local producers and their traditions.
These senbei (rice crackers) are made from a special type of thick yet soft, domestic rice known as Uruchi rice. The rice is polished, dried for 12 hours, then double-baked to enhance its flavors and add a beautiful brown color. The shape of each cracker is unique as skilled craftsmen make them one by one by hand.
Kakinotanea popular type of rice cracker made from glutinous (mochi) rice. These kakinotane are seasoned with organic tamari soy sauce brewed in traditional wooden barrels, and powdered bonito (skipjack tuna), shiitake mushrooms, kelp from Hokkaido, andakamoku(a nutritious Japanese algae) with a touch of sweetness to balance the rich umami flavors
Yatsuhashi from Kyoto are among the most famous and widely recognized souvenirs from Japan.Typically made from a combination of rice flour and sugar flavored with cinnamon, these crunchy, baked yatsuhashi also include kinako (roasted and ground soybeans), which adds a sweet, nutty flavor similar to peanut butter.
BLACK SOYBEAN KINAKO YOKAN (黒豆きなこようかん) Prefecture: Oita Producer:Kona Kohbo Usa Ingredients:Sugar, raw bean paste, reduced starch syrup, black soybean flour (Usa City, Oita Prefecture), agar, salt Size: 2 x 58g
Yokan is a firm jelly dessert and is one of the most popular types ofwagashi (Japanese sweets). Our yokan is made from a rare black soybean called kurodamaru, which are larger than regular black soybeans and have a richer flavor and stronger natural sweetness, making them the perfect choice for yokan.
UME (JAPANESE PLUM) GLACÉ(梅グラッセ) Prefecture: Fukui Producer:Up To You Ingredients:Ume (Japanese plum), sugar Size: 5 plums
These special sweets are made from a rare variety of Japanese plum known as Benisashi ume. Prized for their tart flavor and juicy texture, the plums are fermented and preserved using only sugar, then aged for over 6 months to create this delicious sweet and sour treat.
Yuzu is Japan's beloved citrus fruit with a flavor best described as a cross between a tart lemon, a sweet mandarin orange and a fragrant grapefruit. Here the aromatic, peel has been thinly sliced then artfully stewed in natural granulated sugar to achieve a balance between sweet and sour known as amazuppai.
GRAINS ZENZAI (DESSERT SOUP) (雑穀ぜんざい) Prefecture:Shimane Producer:Yoshida Furusato VIllage Ingredients:Mochi rice (Shimane Prefecture), sugar (beet sugar), azuki (red beans) (Shimane Prefecture), 16 kinds of mixed cereals (mochi brown rice, naked barley, germ pressed barley, glutinous wheat, young brown rice, glutinous black rice, glutinous millet, glutinous red rice, pearl barley, green soybean, awa millet, black soybean, yellow soybean, azuki bean, Japanese millet, corn), salt Size: 150g
Nothing will make you feel like a child again like a warm sweet bowl ofzenzai. Zenzai is a traditional Japanese dessert soup made withazuki (sweet beans) and plump hotmochi (glutinous rice). Unique to this zenzai is the mix of 16 different grains which add wholesome tastes and textures to the sweet mellow soup.
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