日本での一年間

January 19, 2012

Kit Kat Flavors 5

There are almost always new and interesting Kit Kat flavors for sale in Japan.

Gateau du Mont-Blanc flavor Kit Kats. Found at my local Convenience store. Made with "marron" (chestnut) flavoring.

Strawberry Hazelnut flavor Kit Kats. Found at my local convenience store.

Cookies & Cream flavor Kit Kats. Found at my local convenience store.

More flavors after the jump. (more…)

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March 10, 2011

Making Wagashi, Japanese Traditional Sweets

A couple weeks ago, I got to make my own wagashi, Japanese sweets. Wagashi are traditionally made with ingredients such as pounded rice (mochi) and red bean paste (anko).

The samples of what we were going to make. These are the ones the sweets master made. The one on the right is meant to look like water. And the black dot is a black bean that was boiled with sugar.

Our ingredients and tools. At the top is the box we were meant to put the sweets in when we finished. There us already one piece in there. It's wakakusa, young grass, and it's a gelatinous confectionery. The other sweets were all made of different colors of red bean paste. I wonder how they dye it different colors....

View from the window of the sweets classroom.

These are the sweets I made. They don't look as perfect as the ones above that were made by the master. They also got a bit bunged up with I put them in the box and carried them around all day, but they were still delicious!

February 22, 2011

Gimme Snowmen!

Filed under: Desserts, Food — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — myyearinjapan @ 4:58 am

Going along with the snowman from my previous post, here’s a picture of my friend being greedy for snowmen.

gimme snowmen

Grabbing for snowmen shaped sweets for sale at a bakery.

January 28, 2011

Christmas Themed Japanese Sweets

Filed under: Desserts, Events, Food — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:14 am

Sorry for these obviously belated Christmas related posts. In my last post, I mentioned that I detest Japanese Christmas cake because it has strawberries. But there are also Christmas treats here that I am a fan of. I love Japanse traditional sweets, wagashi 和菓子, in general. Many contain mochi 餅, pounded rice, or anko 餡子, red bean paste. These sweets are often served along with the bitter green tea used in the tea ceremony. They can come in many colors and most have a very high sugar content (in my experience at least).

xmas treats

Santa and a christmas tree made of Japanse sweets. I was offered these, along with coffee.

close up

Close up of the sweets.

inside

I ate santa! And there was delicious red bean paste inside his head. Yum yum!

October 7, 2010

Kit Kat Flavors 4

Filed under: Desserts, Food, Kit Kat Flavors — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 2:30 am

The Kit Kats are back and just as flavorful as ever!

Kit Kat Coca Cola Flavor

A two for one deal! Cola flavor and Lemon Squash flavor. Seen in Tokyo.

Kit Kat Strawberry Flavor

Kit Kat Strawberry Flavor. Limited edition. Seen at my local convenience store.

Kit Kat Sparking Strawberry Flavor

Kit Kat sparkling strawberry flavor. Not to be confused with strawberry flavor. Seen at my local convenience store.

Kit Kat Banana Flavor

Kit Kat Banana flavor. Seen at my local convenience store.

Kit Kat Semisweet flavor

Kit Kat Semisweet flavor. Seen at my local convenience store.

Kit Kat Salt and Caramel Flavor

Kit Kat Salt and Caramek Flavor. Seen at my local convenience store.

April 2, 2009

Ise Shrine (Part 2 – Aka Fuku)

Filed under: Chubu, Cuisine, Desserts, Domestic, Food, Trips — myyearinjapan @ 3:48 pm

After the visiting the Outer Shrine, we went to a store called Aka Fuku to get something to eat, a recommend my friend had received when she told someone she was going to Ise. Aka Fuku is apparently the most famous store in Ise city. Their menu was very simple. They simply had a display case next to the cash register with two items inside. One was their famous Aka Fuku Mochi, Mochi (glutinous rice cake) topped with red bean paste, and the other was zensai, a kind of red bean soup with mochi in it. We ordered one of each and sat down.

Everyone sits on benches there and because the whole place is out to the open, they have cauldron like things with small fires gong that you can sit next to to keep warm. Along with the sweets, they give you all the hot green tea you want, continuing to refill until you leave. The food was delicious. And after going to Ise, we saw these sweets sold everywhere. They sold them at Ise station, Nagoya station, Kyoto station and Osaka station. Apparently, these sweets were originally only sold in Ise, but they became more popular and they’re now sold over a much larger region as souvenirs.

Here’s the Akafuku English Website, and the Japanese site.

The arcade that the main store of Aka Fuku is located in. They have at least 2 stores in Ise city.

The arcade that the main store of Aka Fuku is located in. They have at least 2 stores in Ise city.

Aka Fuku mochi and our tea. It makes a face!

Aka Fuku mochi and our tea. It makes a face!

same stuff from a normal angle

same stuff from a normal angle

zensai. we had to wait a little bit longer for them to bring it out.

zensai. we had to wait a little bit longer for them to bring it out.

Aka fuku waitress

Aka fuku waitress

The people sitting an enjoying their food in Aka Fuku

The people sitting an enjoying their food in Aka Fuku

March 24, 2009

Kit Kat Flavors – Youth 18 Ticket Trip Edition

Filed under: Desserts, Domestic, Food, Kit Kat Flavors, Trips — myyearinjapan @ 8:59 am
Two for one! White Peach and Yellow Peach. Not region specific.

Two for one! White Peach and Yellow Peach. Not region specific.

Adzuki (Sweet Red Bean) Sandwich. Nagoya Limited Edition

Adzuki (Sweet Red Bean) Sandwich. Eastern Sea Reason Limited Edition. Seen in Nagoya.

Kit Kats in a glass Jar! Available in vending machines that sell beverages. This is the only food they offer.

Kit Kats in a glass Jar! Available in vending machines that sell beverages. This is the only food they offer.

Looking inside at the Kit Kats

Looking inside at the Kit Kats

Kobe pudding flavor

Kobe pudding flavor

A special kind of Green Tea flavor thats Kyoto limited edition

A special kind of Green Tea flavor that's Kyoto limited edition

Jasmine Tea flavor. Not limited edition

Jasmine Tea flavor. Not limited edition

March 2, 2009

Kit-Kat Flavors (Hokkaido Edition)

Filed under: Desserts, Domestic, Food, Hokkaido, Kit Kat Flavors, Trips — myyearinjapan @ 8:33 am

If there’s one thing Japanese people like, it’s limited edition products (限定商品), whether limited by region where it’s sold or time period it’s sold during. So, when Japanese people visit a certain region, they like to bring back limited edition products from that region as souvenirs. In Hokkaido, I even saw normal convenience stores providing lists of which products are limited to Hokkaido or having special limited edition products sections in their store.

Included in the limited edition Hokkaido products are Hokkaido only Kit-Kat flavors! Here they are:

All the Hokkaido flavors lined up together. They dont sell these in individual packs, only in these souvenir packs.

All the Hokkaido flavors lined up together. They don't sell these in individual packs, only in these souvenir packs.

Adzuki (sweet red bean) flavor Kit Kats (小豆味)

Adzuki (sweet red bean) flavor Kit Kats (小豆味)

Potato flavor Kit Kats (じゃがいも味)

Potato flavor Kit Kats (じゃがいも味)

Roasted Corn flavor Kit Kats (焼きもろこし味)

Roasted Corn flavor Kit Kats (焼きもろこし味)

These weren’t Hokkaido limited edition flavors, but I also saw the following flavors for the first time:

Unlike the limited edition Kit Kats, these are sold individually

Unlike the limited edition Kit Kats, these are sold individually

Tiramisu flavor Kit Kats

Tiramisu flavor Kit Kats

Matcha (Green tea) Tiramisu flavor Kit Kats

Matcha (Green tea) Tiramisu flavor Kit Kats

February 27, 2009

A Trip to the Chocolate Factory (Part 4)

Filed under: Desserts, Domestic, Hokkaido, Trips — myyearinjapan @ 6:38 am

The last set of pictures from the Shiroi Koibito chocolate factory.

Snow falls on the factory

Snow falls on the factory

I saw this all over Sapporo: Japanese people walking in the snow with umbrellas.

I saw this all over Sapporo: Japanese people walking in the snow with umbrellas.

The grand staircase

The grand staircase

Hot air balloon chandelier above the grand staircase

Hot air balloon chandelier above the grand staircase

Making some little chocolates

Making some little chocolates

Fresh chocolates

Fresh chocolates

February 26, 2009

A Trip to the Chocolate Factory (Part 3)

Filed under: Desserts, Domestic, Hokkaido, Trips — myyearinjapan @ 4:06 am

Yet more pictures from the Shiroi koibito Chocolate factory visit.

fancy cup 1

fancy cup 1

fancy cup 2

fancy cup 2

fancy cup 3

fancy cup 3

looking out at the snow

looking out at the snow

Delicious and overpriced cakes for sale

Delicious and overpriced cakes for sale

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