- what is Wagashi
- Wagashi served with matcha tea. A selection of wagashi to be served during a Japanese tea ceremony
what is Wagashi
Wagashi (和菓子, wa-gashi) are traditional Japanese confections that are often served with green tea, especially the types made of mochi, anko (azuki bean paste), and fruit. Wagashi are typically made from plant-based ingredients.
A bowl of matcha tea on a black lacquered tray with wagashi
In Japan, the word for sweets, kashi (菓子), originally referred to fruits and nuts.
With the increasing sugar trade between China and Japan, sugar became a common household ingredient by the end of the Muromachi period.
Influenced by the introduction of tea and dim sum, the creation of wagashi took off during the Edo period in Japan.
Wagashi served with matcha tea. A selection of wagashi to be served during a Japanese tea ceremony
one of the confections of Kagoshima PrefectureAnmitsu: chilled agar jelly cubes (kanten) with fruit
simmered azuki beans or other beans with sugar, and dried—amanattō and nattō are not related, although the names are similar.
a sweet rice ball wrapped with anko (or an, thick azuki bean paste)
general term for mochi (pounded sweet rice) stuffed with anko
a small, sticky, sweet Japanese dumpling, commonly skewered on a stick
a round, flat sweet consisting of castella wrapped around anko
a sweetened cake made of rice and mixed with sugar
a flat, red and white, sweet mochi wrapped around anko and a strip of candied gobo (burdock)
a steamed bun with a chunk of sweet potato and anko in the center, it is a local confectionery in Kumamoto.
Imagawayaki (also kaitenyaki)
anko surrounded in a disc of fried dough covering
Kompeito: crystal sugar candy
“grass” mochi, a sweet mochi infused with Japanese mugwort (yomogi), surrounding a center of anko
a sweetened mixture of boiled and mashed chestnuts
steamed cakes of an surrounded by a flour mixture, available in many shapes such as peaches, rabbits, and matsutake (松茸) mushrooms
a rice cake made of glutinous rice
a center of anko sandwiched between two delicate and crispy sweet rice crackers
Oshiruko (also zenzai):
a hot dessert made from anko in a liquid, soup form, with small mochi floating in it
a small, very solid and sweet cake which is made of rice flour and mizuame
a rice cake filled with anko and wrapped in a pickled cherry leaf
like a kaitenyaki, a core of anko surrounded by a fried dough covering, but shaped like a fish
a steamed cake made of rice flour and sugar, similar to mochi
traditionally made from warabi and served with kinako and kuromitsu
thin sheets of gyūhi (sweetened mochi), available in different flavors, like cinnamon, and occasionally folded in a triangle around a ball of red anko
one of the oldest wagashi, a solid block of anko, hardened with agar and additional sugar