Enjoy traditional Japanese sweets and contemporary Western-style sweets
The dessert served at the end of a meal and sweet refreshments are roughly classified into two categories: wa-gashi and yo-gashi.
Wa-gashi are traditional Japanese confections, which often beautifully express a highlight of the season. The most common ingredients in Japanese sweets are an (sugar-sweetened paste of cooked azuki beans) and rice flour. Typical wa-gashi include dango (dumplings), shiruko (sweet red bean soup), manju (cakes with bean paste), ohagi (rice balls coated in an) and senbei (rice crackers).
Yo-gashi refers to Western-style sweets, which were first developed in the Meiji era (1868-1912) in Japan. The characteristic ingredients of yo-gashi are cream, butter, and eggs. Cakes, pudding, jelly, ice cream and chocolate are typical yo-gashi.
These days, many kinds of Western-style sweets are made with wa-gashi ingredients such as matcha (green tea powder) or azuki beans and are aptly named wa-sweets.
224kcal / per person
An-pan is a Japanese original bread prepared with the dough stuffed with red bean paste. It was inspired by the sake-manju and invented at a bakery in Tokyo at the beginning of the Meiji era.
Soy Milk Chocolate Jelly
102kcal / per person
Japanese style dessert made with soy milk. Soy milk has been getting attention as it has the highest bioavailability of all soy bean products and is rich in potassium, magnesium, and isoflavone, which help prevent osteoporosis and menopausal symptoms.
Broad Beans Chakin
62kcal / per person
Chakin is a shape of food made by wrapping the ingredients with cloth or plastic wrap. This is only 62 kcal and a source of dietary fiber, of which you may not get enough.
92kcal / per person
Dango is a small ball prepared by kneading rice flour with water. There are a variety of dangos. Mitarashi dango is said to be named after Mitarashi Matsuri held in Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto. It refers to dangos dipped with sauce and grilled.
Kabocha Squash Shiruko
141kcal / per person
Oshiruko is a soup of cooked red beans with sugar, served with shiratama-dango or chestnut compote. This is a quicker recipe that uses kabocha squash instead of red beans.
Matcha Chiffon Cake
171kcal / per person
A Japanese-style cake with green tea, which is also popular overseas.
Two Types of Ohagi
175kcal / per person
Ohagi is a traditional sweet prepared with rice. It is said to be named after the blooming flowers of Japanese bush clover. It is a custom to offer ohagis to a family Buddhist altar before eating during the Higan or equinoctial weeks in spring and autumn.
Kinako Ice Cream
106kcal / per person
One of the typical Japanese style desserts with the combination of a Western dessert and a Japanese ingredient. Kinako is a roasted soy bean powder and contains quality protein.
Lotus Root Dumplings
213kcal / per person
Japanese style sweets are supposed to be tough to make. But in this easy dessert recipe, you just cook lotus root batter on a frying pan.