Hey everyone! It’s been a long time without a blog post. To be honest, with everything going on in the world I haven’t felt like it was right to post/did not have much to even post about besides my art, so I have been quite quiet on wordpress. I hope everyone can understand! I am here today to post about a mini project I have been working on since this year started.
This project is called in Japanese ‘Wagashi Meguri’「和菓子巡り」or ‘Japanese Sweets Tour’ in English. Throughout this series, I introduced 7 different Japanese sweets that you can find in Japan. This is something a little different than what I usually paint, but I hope everyone will enjoy looking at the illustrations. I wanted to try something new 🍡 I will now post all of the Japanese Sweets here one by one as a recap. Please enjoy!
Strawberry matcha dango 🍵 This dango can be found at ‘Soratsuki’ in Asakusa! They sell different flavors including mango, milk, and strawberry. I want to go back and try more flavors, so expect another similar painting in the future!
This next wagashi can be bought at almost any local grocery store this time of the year. It is called ‘domyoji.’ Some people also just call this ‘sakura mochi!’ This variety of sakura mochi was created in the Kansai region of Japan. Inside this mochi is a sweet red bean paste, and wrapped around the outside is a salty cherry blossom leaf 🌸
Next is a simple one, but a classic. ‘Sanshoku dango’ is not only aesthetically pleasing, it’s so delicious as well! It’s also one of my favorite emojis 🍡 ‘Sanshoku’ in Japanese means ‘three colors.’ This wagashi, like the one posted above, can also be found at local grocery stores!
Have you ever seen an ichigo daifuku like this before?! Before finding ‘Kyorakudo,’ a sweets stand located in Tachikawa Station, I surely hadn’t! Ichigo daifuku is a well known Japanese sweet, but it usually looks a bit different than this! I love strawberry season in Japan because you can find fun and delicious strawberry sweets everywhere. 🍓
This is one of my personal favorites 😋 Mitarashi dango are rice dumplings in a soy glaze. When they are made fresh they are grilled and served hot. I can never resist getting one of these whenever I’m out and about sightseeing in Japan or at a festival.
The next wagashi is sakura mochi! Sakura mochi is a pink colored mochi with a sweet red bean paste in the center. This particular sakura mochi was bought at a store called ‘Ginza Akebono’ located in the Marui in Kokubunji Station, Tokyo ♡
次の和菓子は桜餅です！こんな形の桜餅は面白くて買っちゃいました ♪ 国分寺マルイの中にある「銀座あけぼの」という店で買いました。
The final wagashi is momiji manju. Momiji manju is a maple leaf shaped wagashi with a red bean paste filling in the center. This is the most popular wagashi that comes from Hiroshima! I got this momiji manju a few years ago when I went to Hiroshima.
And here is a final photo of everything together:
Due to my inability to actually go out and feel comfortable purchasing wagashi that are not just from the supermarket, I have decided to (temporarily?) end my wagashi project here. I wanted to keep it interesting and get different wagashi from different places but as of lately this is not possible so I have decided to stop here. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me throughout this series. I really appreciate all the love and support. All wagashi are up on my website and I will post a link below. ♡
Thank you so much for reading my blog today. I think I will make a separate post about some other art that I have been doing throughout quarantine. I wanted to give the wagashi their own moment in their own post. Thank you so much for reading! Please stay safe and healthy.