Japanese Food Culture 11- Japanese Sweets

Japanese Sweets

In Japanese Food Culture and Japanese Sweets, we introduce not only Japanese sweets but also general sweets that are made in Japan and loved in Japan.

History of Wagashi

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) website has a comprehensive listing of wagashi (Japanese confectionery).


External website   

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries History of Wagashi Various Wagashi




These taiyaki are from Naniwaya Sohonten. It was at this store that the song "Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun", said to be the best-selling single record in Japan, was born.


It is full of anko (red bean paste) and the taiyaki skin is thin and crispy.


Naniwaya Sohonten, Azabujuban, Tokyo

External website Azabu Juban shopping street website Naniwaya Sohonten



Peko-chan yaki


Peko-chan yaki has been on sale since 1969, and is well known for the phrase "Only here in Japan!”.


The probability of Peko-chan's boyfriend, Poko-chan, appearing is 1 in 72! The reason for this probability lies in the " iron baking mold " of the Peko-chan yaki.


PHOTOS: Poko-chan was found on this day, second from the left in the bottom row! You cannot specify Poko-chan to buy.




External website Peko-chan Yaki Fujiya 

Iidabashi Kagurazaka Store




Grape daifuku (grape cake filled with bean jam)


Daifuku with grapes inside.



Strawberry daifuku


The perfect combination of daifuku, strawberries and red bean paste is the best!



Melon cake


The melon seems to be boldly used.


The bottom half of the cake was gorgeous, with whipped cream, custard cream, and sponge.



French Cuisine: A dish inspired by cherry blossoms

The branches are chocolate.


Delicacy of Expression French Cuisine Desserts.


Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Agnes Hotel and Apartments Tokyo

Restaurant La Colline

*Agnes Hotel closed in spring 2021.








Matcha mousse

Matcha boom.

Matcha mousse was served with grains of sweet bean paste.

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo.


Tsuruya Yoshinobu Baked sweets

Koinobori (Seasonal baked goods) 

Seasonal baked sweets May.

It had black bean paste inside.


External website of Tsuruya Yoshinobu, a Kyoto confectioner



Ryosan Dorayaki with chestnuts, a limited edition product sold at Katsushika Iseya

These dorayaki are branded with Ryosan's branding from the "Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen Mae Hashutsujo" manga and anime.


External website Iseya Kameari




 22nd generation Shonosuke monaka

The leftmost photo is the monaka.


Japanese confectionery made by the descendants of the 22nd Tate-gyoji (highest ranking referee in professional sumo), Shonosuke Kimura.


External website: Wagashidokoro/Maiwaidokoro Shonosuke 







Gion, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture Anon Anpone.


The set includes the skin of the monaka, mascarpone cheese, and grains of bean paste.


The concept of this monaka is to fill the inside with as much anko (sweet bean paste) or mascarpone as you like, and enjoy the crunchiness of the crispy skin.


A new type of "monaka" that blends Japanese and Western flavors.


External site Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture.

Sazae Shokuhin Co., Ltd.



External site Kyoto Gion Anon






Baked sweets Ajari-mochi

It is a Kyoto baked sweet with a thin crust filled with red bean paste and gyuhi (a kind of rice cake made from glutinous rice or glutinous rice flour).


External site Sakyo-ku, Kyoto.

Ajari Mochi Honpo Kyoto Confectionery Shop Mangetsu





Hokkaido Niseko

Assorted ice cream

 External Sites

Takahashi Farm Milk Studio’s Ice Cream




External site Niseko Town, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido.

Niseko Takahashi Farm




Above: Ginza WEST, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo LeafPie LeafPie is a long-selling product.

Not long ago, many of you probably stood in line at a store in Ginza to buy one.


External website Ginza West




Above: "Number Sugar"

Handmade caramels with 12 different flavors.

Shockingly, the caramels stretch when freshly made!


External site  Number Sugar


The rusk boom in Japan seems to have started here.





External Sites







Popular Japanese sweets with long lines

It is a Japanese sweet that has been difficult to buy for the past several years, with long lines at every store.


Sold out in the online store, no product listing and not available for purchase (May 2022).

AUDREY's most popular “Gracia”

Right: Milk 

Left: Chocolate


Both Audrey's locations have long lines of customers waiting in line for "Gracia".

With freeze-dried "strawberries", crispy langue de chat dough, and moderate sweetness, it is easy to understand why they are so popular.


AUDREY's "Hello Berry"


It is shaped like a strawberry. It is a very tasty white chocolate accented with the sourness of dried strawberries. The strawberry's stem is a cookie.


External site Audrey's Online Shop (No products listed due to popularity, as of March 2022)



External site  My Recommend (products can be viewed)


Foreign Chocolate

Cuban Chocolate

Chocolate Artesanal  AURORA

Hawaiian chocolate


I was afraid to try the spicy Tabasco flavored chocolate, but it is strangely addictive and delicious.

It is difficult to describe in a few words what “Japanese food culture and Japanese sweets!” are all about. There are so many varieties that it is honestly impossible to write about them all.


In recent years, a number of Japanese and Western sweets have appeared, which are difficult to categorize simply into "Japanese sweets" and "Western sweets”.


In addition to the fine techniques unique to Japan, I feel that attentiveness and ideas, ingredients that match the season, colors and shapes that remind us of the four seasons, and the spirit of "hospitality through sweets" are the main characteristics of Japanese food culture and Japanese sweets.