Kuroi Kinako-San Dango Mochi

Brand: Yamayo Seika Found at: Bokkusu Location: Aichi Prefecture   Eating this is like licking a molasses desert.   The mochi itself is flavored with Japanese black sugar syrup, and this gives it a pleasant, brown-sugar flavor that’s not too powerfully sweet. But for all the moderation in the mochi flavoring, the coating of kinako... Continue Reading →

One-Bite Green Tea Warabi Mochi

Brand: Nagatanien Found At: Bokkusu   ‘A sweet and bitter green tea jelly that you eat from a package’ – described accurately, this snack hardly seems appealing. The packaging, too, is quite off-putting as only a packet of jelly can be. But as unappetizing as it seems, the taste is something transcendent – that quintessential... Continue Reading →

Mikan Mochi

Brand: Seiki Found at: Bokkusu   The first time I saw an orange growing on a tree, I was totally stunned. Being a Northerner, born and bred, I knew that oranges grew on trees in the same way that I knew that alligators roamed the swamp: I believed it because other people had told me... Continue Reading →

Uji Matcha Daifuku

Brand: Yuki & Love Cost: £3   The following story is a tale of a first-world problem extraordinaire. I tell it because, in this time of pandemics and primaries, it is nice to present the world with a problem that is both niche and ridiculous. Behold my tale of woe in four acts:   Act... Continue Reading →

Mochi Mochi Chocolate – Ganache

Brand: Bourbon Found at: Lawsons   My father’s favorite aphorisms is “gilding the lily,” declaimed at such wonton excesses as eating bacon on a burger, putting chocolate sauce on ice-cream, and wearing earrings and makeup to the same event. It’s one of a long line of fatherly one-liners that later turn out to be references... Continue Reading →

Snow Strawberry Girl

Brand: Family Mart Cost: 410 yen Found at: Family Mart   I’ve always loved strawberry shortcake. I know it’s not a particularly bold statement to make – I’ve only ever met a handful of people who don’t like strawberry shortcake and they have largely been aberrations against the natural order of things. There’s just nothing... Continue Reading →

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