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What is Yokan? All You Need to Know About Yokan

What is Yokan? All You Need to Know About Yokan

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Written by Irene Sue
Yokan is a classic Japanese confection with a history spanning over 1000 years. Yokan is mildly sweet with a simple azuki bean flavor and is typically shaped into uniform rectangular sticks. Yokan represents the harmony of simplicity, seasonality, and artistry in Japanese food culture.
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Japanese Snacks vs. American Snacks: Are Japanese Snacks Healthier than American Snacks?

Japanese Snacks vs. American Snacks: Are Japanese Snacks Healthier than American Snacks?

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Written by Irene Sue
Snacking has become integral to our daily lives, offering quick escapes and indulgence. American snacks, renowned for their variety, often prioritize indulgence over health. In contrast, Japanese snacks balance tradition and innovation, emphasizing quality, balance, and mindful enjoyment with healthier options.
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The History and Evolution of Snacks in Asia

The History and Evolution of Snacks in Asia

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Written by Irene Sue
Asian snacks have evolved over centuries, initially shaped by local ingredients and cultures, and later influenced by global trade and modernization. Today, they offer a diverse range of flavors and styles, reflecting both tradition and innovation. With a growing focus on health and sustainability, Asian snacks continue to adapt and thrive, bridging the past and the future in a delicious culinary journey.
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Japan's Sweet Sensations (I): Le Mauve

Japan's Sweet Sensations (I): Le Mauve

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Written by Irene Sue
In a quaint neighborhood of eastern Hyogo Prefecture, two bakeries are breaking barriers and changing lives. These establishments stand out not only for their delectable treats but also for their extraordinary workforce. What sets them apart is that the majority of their employees are people with physical and mental disabilities.
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Shinise (XVIII): Matsuokaken

Shinise (XVIII): Matsuokaken

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Written by Irene Sue
Matsuokaken, established in 1897 by Awashima Tsune, is a renowned confectionery store in Fukui. They specialize in creating Habutae Mochi, a delicate and smooth rice confection. Matsuokaken also offers other treats like Habutae Monaka and Habutae Dorayaki. These desserts incorporate mochi and red bean paste, providing a delightful experience to all who indulge.
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Shinise (XVII): Nishisaka

Shinise (XVII): Nishisaka

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Written by Irene Sue
Nishisaka is a traditional Japanese confectionery shop established in 1921. Located near Mikuni Station, it specializes in the production and sale of renowned local delicacies, such as sake manju. Nishisaka's sake manju stands out with its unique flavor, where smooth bean paste is wrapped in matured dough and fermented.
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Kikkodo

Shinise (XVI): Kikkodo

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Written by Irene Sue
Kikkodo is a traditional Japanese confectionery shop in Kurashiki, known for preserving tradition while exploring new flavors. Murasuzume, inspired by woven hats and golden ears of rice, offers a unique taste experience.
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Shinise (XIII): Sugiyama Juzando

Shinise (XIII): Sugiyama Juzando

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Written by Irene Sue
Sugiyama Juzando is a traditional Japanese confectionery shop founded in 1705 by Ryosaku Sugiyama. He is credited with inventing the famous Akita delicacy known as Morokoshi. The shop is currently part of the Kaorudo group, a company founded in 1922.
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Shinise (XII): Yaogen Raikodo

Shinise (XII): Yaogen Raikodo

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Written by Irene Sue

Yaogen Raikodo is a renowned confectionery shop located in Sakai City. Established in the 1800s, it offers an array of unique sweets such as Yogan, Monaka, and Azuki Mochi. However, the star attraction of the shop is the Cinnamon Mochi, which holds a special place in Sakai's culinary heritage.

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Shinise (XI): Oteramochi Kawaido

Shinise (XI): Oteramochi Kawaido

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Written by Irene Sue
Step into Oteramochi Kawaido in Sakai City and be transported to a world of Japanese confectionery mastery. Indulge in the beloved Ankoromochi or savor the delicate Kinakomochi, with its tender mochi dusted in fragrant kinako powder. Each bite reveals the dedication and skill behind these centuries-old treats, leaving you with a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship put into wagashi, Japanese snacks.
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Shinise (X): Nanyodo

Shinise (X): Nanyodo

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Written by Irene Sue
Nanyodo is a well-established confectionery shop that has been delighting customers since its founding in 1921. It is renowned for its mastery in creating exquisite "monaka" - sweet filled wafers. Nanyodo offers a diverse range of flavors that cater to every palate. Each monaka is carefully handcrafted with attention to detail, embodying the artistry and tradition of Japanese confectionery.
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Shinise (IX): Tawaraya Yoshitomi

Shinise (IX): Tawaraya Yoshitomi

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Written by Irene Sue

Tawaraya Yoshitomi’s origins can be traced back to 1755. Over the years, the business evolved and faced various challenges. The company has received numerous awards and recognition for its exquisite confections, such as the "Unryu" and "Manjuran."

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Shinise (VII): Kikkoya

Shinise (VII): Kikkoya

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Written by Irene Sue
Stepping through the doors of Kikkoya, you are transported to a realm where time-honored recipes and meticulous attention to detail converge. The interior exudes a warm and welcoming ambiance, adorned with displays of meticulously crafted confections that showcase the skill and artistry of the master confectioners. Each sweet delight is thoughtfully prepared, paying homage to the centuries-old traditions that have been passed down through generations.
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Shinise (VI): Hogetsudo

Shinise (VI): Hogetsudo

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Written by Irene Sue
Founded in 1917, Hogetsudo is a revered confectionery shop that preserves Marugame's rich confectionery heritage. As you indulge in the exquisite sweets crafted by Hogetsudo, you not only savor the flavors that have withstood the test of time but also become part of a story that intertwines tradition, community, and the vibrant spirit of Marugame.
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Shinise (V): Niitsumaya Senbei

Shinise (V): Niitsumaya Senbei

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Written by Irene Sue
Since its establishment in 1885, Niitsumaya has operated a shop in Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, producing sweets. As a family business, Niitsumaya has been operating this business for many years. Being a small shop, Niitsumaya strives to use high-quality ingredients and put its heart into creating handmade candies with great enthusiasm.
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Okara: Unlocking the Secrets of a Healthy and Delicious Superfood

Okara: Unlocking the Secrets of a Healthy and Delicious Superfood

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Written by Irene Sue
In our quest for healthier and more sustainable food choices, we often come across hidden gems that are both nutritious and environmentally friendly. Okara's allure lies not only in its health benefits but also in its potential to transform our eating habits for the better.
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Shinise (IV): Yagikashiho Yokan

Shinise (IV): Yagikashiho Yokan

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Written by Irene Sue
Yagikashiho Yokan, a specialty yokan created by Yagikashiho Tsukikusa Shoten, offers a distinct and delightful taste experience. It is known for its unique combination of flavors that highlight the quality of Hokkaido's azuki beans.
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Japanese Snacks (V): Daifuku

Japanese Snacks (V): Daifuku

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Written by Irene Sue
Daifuku represents a unique and delicious part of Japanese culture. It is a versatile dessert that can be enjoyed in many different forms. Whether you're a fan of its soft texture, sweet flavor, or just the idea of "great luck," daifuku is definitely worth trying.
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Shinise (III): Kawoka Kashihonpo Doughnut

Shinise (III): Kawoka Kashihonpo Doughnut

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Written by Irene Sue
The Kawoka Kashihonpo Doughnut is a beloved confection that originated from the renowned Japanese confectionery shop, Kawoka Kashihonpo. It offers a wonderful fusion of tradition and innovation, capturing the essence of Hokkaido's confectionery heritage.
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Shinise (II): Senshuan Sohonke

Shinise (II): Senshuan Sohonke

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Written by Irene Sue
Senshuan Sohonke is a renowned pastry shop located in Hakodate City, Hokkaido. Established in 1860 by a samurai, Senshuan Sohonke holds a significant place in Hokkaido's confectionery culture.
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Shinise (I): Hokkaido Dice Caramel

Shinise (I): Hokkaido Dice Caramel

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Written by Irene Sue
Hokkaido Dice Caramel is a famous traditional Japanese confectionery known for its unique dice-shaped design. This confectionery is manufactured by Donan Shokuhin and was originally a product of the Meiji company, but production was taken over by Donan Shokuhin in 2016 and renamed to "Hokkaido Dice Caramel."
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Umaibo

Umaibo: A Japanese Favorite Snack

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Written by Irene Sue
In the world of Japanese snacks, there is one treat that stands out for its ability to transport all the Japanese back to their carefree childhood days. Its name is Umaibo, a delectable corn puff stick that captures their hearts with its nostalgic charm and irresistible allure.
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The World of Japanese Snacks (III): An Indulgence of Joy and Nostalgia

The World of Japanese Snacks (III): An Indulgence of Joy and Nostalgia

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Written by Irene Sue
Japanese snacks have captured the hearts of people around the world through their captivating flavors, meticulous craftsmanship, preservation of tradition, and commitment to spreading joy. Whether you're exploring the intricate packaging designs or savoring the diverse range of tastes, each bite is an invitation to immerse yourself in a world of delight and happiness.
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Japanese Snacks (IV): Kasutera

Japanese Snacks (IV): Kasutera

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Written by Irene Sue
Kasutera is a beloved dessert in Japan and around the world due to its light and fluffy texture and subtle sweetness. Whether enjoyed in its classic form or with a unique twist, this traditional Japanese sponge cake is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
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Japanese Snacks (III): Senbei

Japanese Snacks (III): Senbei

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Written by Irene Sue

Senbei is a traditional Japanese rice cracker that has been enjoyed for centuries. It comes in many different shapes and sizes. Whether enjoyed on their own or and served with tea or other beverages, senbei are a popular snack in Japan.

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"もったいない"  What a Waste!

"もったいない"  What a Waste!

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Written by Naoki Inoue
The idea of "mottainai" is deeply ingrained in Japanese culture, and reflects the belief that resources should be valued and waste avoided. At Shotengai, we strive to uphold this philosophy by promoting sustainable products and minimizing waste wherever possible.
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Healthy & Safe: 3 Allergy-Friendly Snacks in Shotengai Box

Healthy & Safe: 3 Allergy-Friendly Snacks in Shotengai Box

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Written by Irene Sue
Finding allergy-friendly options can be challenging. Fortunately, our Shotengai boxes provide tasty alternatives that you can safely enjoy!
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Taiyaki

Japanese Snacks (II): Taiyaki

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Written by Irene Sue
There is no fish in taiyaki, though it literally means “baked sea bream.” It is one of the most popular Japanese street foods and can be found almost everywhere in Japan, especially in Tokyo. It is an ideal snack in winter when everyone craves a sweet and warm treat to help with the cold a little.
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Konnyaku

Konjac: The Healthy and Delicious Japanese Staple

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Written by Irene Sue
 (Konnyaku) is an ideal food for people on a diet. It is a root vegetable with super low calories and lots of minerals. In Japan, it is a versatile food material, serving as staples, snacks, and vegetables. Its high fiber content also makes it a superfood.
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Pocky

Japanese Snacks (I): Pocky

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Written by Irene Sue
Pocky is a biscuit snack stick coated with a thin layer of chocolate. In Japan, Pocky has around 50 flavors, not counting the limited edition flavors. There is an unglazed version of the Pocky called Pretz. They complement each other, satisfying all types of consumers, no matter if they like sweet or savory snacks.
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Mochi

The Japanese Delicacy (VII): Mochi

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Written by Irene Sue
Mochi is a very popular traditional Japanese confection that covers a wide range of flavors and styles of Japanese rice cakes. They are soft, chewy, mildly sweet, and slightly sticky. Mochi comes in a variety of colors and flavors depending on the ingredients and cooking methods.
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Osaka Shotengai

Experiencing Osaka Like a Local in Shotengai: The 8 Best Shopping Streets

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Written by Irene Sue
Shotengai is a Japanese shopping street, known for its prosperity, hospitality, and vitality. Osaka has the longest and the most famous Shotengai in Japan. Food, clothes, toys, make-up...Anything you are interested in, you can find here! Let me be your special guide, taking you to explore the 8 best Shotengai in Osaka!
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