Updated: April 17, 2018
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10 Types Of Japanese Desserts & Sweets: For All Sweet Tooth

Japanese sweets are always one of the best popular genre of food among people from abroad. This post will be a perfect guide to all kinds of Japanese sweets. Check this post and find your favorite!

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Kakigori(かき氷)

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Kakigori is a Japanese shaved ice. Kakigori is very common during summer in Japan. It is usually flavored with colorful syrup (popular ones; strawberry, lemon, melon, condensed milk).
The one you can get from food stalls in festivals is simple, a shaved ice with syrup, but you can have a more luxury kakigori, fluffy shaved ice with many toppings at one of the specialized kakigori shops. When summer comes, many stores start to serve kakigori.

Anmitsu(あんみつ)

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Anmitsu is a very popular Japanese dessert that usually contains canned fruits such as oranges, pineapples and cherry, cubes of agar jelly, anko, a scoop of ice cream, and sometimes shiratama (small mochi), eaten with mitsu (sweet syrup).
This is a cooling and refreshing dessert, and there are many more unique Anmitsu offered in different cafes and restaurants!

Crepes(クレープ)

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Crepes are really popular in Harajuku, well known as the city for young people. There are many crepiere in Harajuku from food stalls to a specialized restaurant. Alway the most common toppings sre the most popular but there are some other unique flavors too.

Manju(まんじゅう)

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Manju is originally a Chinese steamed cake. They are filled with anko, sweet red beans and some are uniquely shaped. Manju is often given to your friend or family as a popular souvenir.

Anko(あんこ)

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Anko bean paste, which is akin to a sweet bean jam, is the Japanese traditional taste you can add to so many of your favorite desserts. It's been eaten in Japan in Japan for centuries.

Dango(団子)

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Dango is a small dumpling made from mochi powder. There are varieties of dango, such as mitarashi dango, a sweet soy sauce dango, dango with kinako powder, dangpo with anko, and so on. Some dango is served on skewers style. You can easily get one at food stalls or any grocery stores. They perfectly fit with Japanese green tea.

Oshiruko(おしるこ)

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Oshiruko is a Japanese traditional dessert which is made of anko, sweet red bean soup, and mochi. It is one of the comfort foods commonly eaten in winter. The custom of eating oshiruko is especially strong at the beginning of January, because people celebrate the new year by eating lots of mochi.

Zenzai(ぜんざい)

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Zenzai seems very similar to oshiruko, but somehow we Japanese define them differently. The definition differs by regions but speaking generally, sweet red bean soup is more likely to be called oshiruko and the simple combi of anko and mochi is regarded as zenzai. To make it clear, oshiruko is served hot on the other hand zenzai is served both hot and cold.

Yakiimo(焼き芋)

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"Yakiimo" is a common winter snack loved by everyone in Japan. They are sold by mobile sales trucks with interesting announcements. Why not try it next time you hear the sales truck loud announcement?

Wagashi(和菓子)

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Wagashi can even be said as small art you can eat. Only the well-trained professionals can afford to make wagashi. The main ingredients of wagashi are mochi and anko colored in many colors. There are so many beautiful wagashi which you will be overwhelmed by.
Nancy
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