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Wagashi (Traditional Japanese Sweets)

There are many shops in Kyoto City making and selling traditional Japanese sweets known as wagashi,while it is rare to be served at restaurants.   Wagashi originated in the Japanese tea ceremony, where they are served to offset and balance the bitterness of matcha (Japanese powdered green tea). The tea ceremony was cultivated in Kyoto and so consequently wagashi were developed simultaneously here as well. 

Most Kyoto wagashi includes anko (red adzuki-bean paste).  It’s strong, rich mouth feel and sweetness wins over even the most doubtful critic.  Wagashi are lined up in shop showcases, making it easy to pick and choose your favorite ones.  Wagashi is something not to be missed!



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