Japanese sweets

New Japanese Kit Kat features flavour of traditional shingen mochi dessert

If you love the Japanese raindrop water cake that’s been taking the world by storm, you’ll love this new Kit Kat variety.

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Häagen-Dazs Japan releases new ice cream flavours inspired by fairytales

Open the lid and step into your favourite fantasy world with these new ice creams from Japan.

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Japanese schoolgirl feeds sweets to fans via 4-D VR headsets 【Video】

The special headset delivers a Japanese sweet into your mouth in real-time as this “once-in-a-millenium beauty” feeds it to you.

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Sweet Japanese jelly treat offers a different scene with each slice from the same dessert

Entertain your guests with a bird that slowly unfurls its wings and flies towards the waxing moon.

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Japanese city famous for its production of swords and knives now has katana-shaped ice cream

Centuries of craftsmanship has amounted to this moment.

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Sakura jellies containing whole cherry blossoms take the market by storm in Japan

These sakura-filled dewdrops are every bit as delicious as they are beautiful.

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Custard pudding with natto fermented soybeans? We try the new dessert craze sweeping Japan

It might sound like an unusual pairing, but according to Japanese sweet connoisseurs, this is actually a delicious combination!

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New matcha Pocky from Japan is a heavenly treat for green tea lovers

This limited-edition flavour tastes just like the matcha you would get at a formal Japanese tea ceremony!

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Ginza Cozy Corner is back with their traditional “osechi” style cake set and more

There’s no sweeter way to celebrate the New Year!

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Magikarp now appearing in Japan as a traditional taiyaki sweet 【Taste Test】

Warm, cute and delicious – this is the type of Pokémon everyone in Japan wants to catch right now.

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Japanese snack maker releases boxes of chestnuts peeled by hot guys

These handsome handlers are here to pop your chestnuts.

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Japanese Father’s Day present features business daifuku sweets on a crowded train

A little something to let dad know you understand what he goes through on his daily commute to work everyday.

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It’s double the sweetness as Meg tries sweet-bean tea ceremony treats shaped like Doraemon

After hearing that traditional Japanese sweets now come in the shape of lovable robot cat Doraemon, our food-loving writer Meg just had to give them a try!

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Combining the new Pocky and “Teagurt” brings you kisses and the taste of cheesecake

These are just two of the reasons to love this awesome collaboration from Japan.

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New take on traditional Japanese “osechi” is a sweet way to ring in the new year

Popular bakery Cozy Corner has created its own version of osechi, or traditional Japanese New Year’s food. What better way to start 2016 than with a box full of cute little cakes?

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Pocky to introduce new box designs for special occasions, including “Sukky” for Valentine’s Day

Pocky packets receive a revamp with some…unusual…word amalgamations.

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Gift-giving made easy! The most popular omiyage bought in Japan, station by station

Believe it or not, train stations are one of the best places to buy gifts in Japan. Train station omiyage (gifts brought back from your travels) are usually edible, representative of the local culture, and are well-received by everyone from colleagues at work to friends or neighbors.

Whereas in the west we tend to keep a person’s personality and their likes in mind when buying a gift, thankfully in Japan, it’s much easier—just buy what’s most popular! In convenient Japan, you’ll find most of the decisions already made for you, so all you have to do is decide how many pre-giftwrapped boxes you want of each item, and you’ll soon be on your way. You can even wait until you’re on the train to buy them from the vendor pushing their cart up and down the aisles on the Shinkansen.

While initially the array of train station omiyage may seem baffling (hundreds of choices!), in this article we whittle it down to the most popular picks; the things that anyone would love to receive. We’ll start in Hokkaido up in the north and move down the archipelago station by station, highlighting the most popular gifts sold at each bullet train station. At the end, we also offer some suggestions on what to purchase if you’re looking for souvenirs from Japan to take abroad.

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Eat your eyeballs! Japanese traditional confectioner offers line of eye-grabbing Halloween sweets

With Japan’s growing love of Halloween, and it’s long-held affection for seasonal sweets, the country now gets a bumper crop of special desserts for the year’s spookiest holiday. So far, most of these have been Japanese brands of Western-style candies and cookies with a Halloween-themed package, or maybe with a limited-time pumpkin flavor, but one traditional Kawasaki-based confectionary chain is looking to change that with a lineup of edible eyeballs, zombie fingers, and other Japanese sweets that look bone-chilling and sound mouth-watering.

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Kyoto store makes embroidered badges, tests our knowledge of traditional Japanese sweets

How well do you know your wagashi (Japanese sweets)? If you’re struggling to put a name to any of the traditional delectables pictured above, there’s a store in Kyoto that can help.

By creating decorative embroidered versions of some of Japan’s most popular confections, Kyoto-based Kyototo is giving us an education in the names and background of the hand-crafted treats that are often seasonal but always delicious. Come with us as we take a look at twelve of the most beautiful wagashi you can find in Japan.

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We try Japanese desserts made with bits of tuna. What could go wrong? 【Taste test】

Okay, Japan, I’m trusting you on this one. There have been a lot of times in the past when I was skeptical about your foods, and repeatedly you’ve proven me wrong.

You hit a home run with the raw fish thing. Pasta with spicy cod roe and seaweed? Now one of my go-to choices for a quick, hot meal. Grilled chicken cartilage? Stuff is delicious.

And now you want me to try desserts made with tuna? Sure, let’s do this.

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