My fourth post on sakura foods and there are some slim pickings lately when it comes to sakura flavored items. It seems the taste preference is switching to strawberry. Japanese it seems think it’s more of a taste foreigners like instead or in super ‘wa’ (Japanese-style) areas of Japan, I saw the most in Kyoto. Sakura kit-kat are available year around at the airports but not really outside of them.
This year Mister Donut Philippines is doing a seasonal sakura offering while Mister Donut Japan is doing a strawberry tasting. Admittedly both foods are pink and sakura flavor is a made up flavor, but strawberries are wonderful everywhere(Norway especially has some delicious strawberries) while sakura is a Japanese.
Darn you Phillipines! I want to eat a sakura cronut.
Mister Donut Japan’s 2015 offerings of a strawberry fare. On sale now.
The Sakura Foods of 2014 I had
The most traditional of the sakura foods: Sakuramochi (桜餅 wiki) which is a red bean filled, pink rice cake wrapped in a sweet pickled sakura leaf.
Japan Haagen-Dazs had three flavors for the season: Sakura, Rose and White Peach Raspberry. The rose was my favorite.
Shinjuku Lumine EST all you can eat buffet place Bittersweet Paradise has a lovely red bean and sakura sauced waffle.
From Kyoto Takashimaya I found some Sakura Warabi (桜蕨) which is more delicate than traditional mochi.
Strawberry flavors invading! Found an ichigo-daifuku Choco Cro at the Hyogo Choco Cro.
An actual Ichigo-Daifuku (イチゴ大福) which is always popular during spring. This was one was from Arashiyama next to my Chirimen sakura Mt. Fuji. I love Kyoto Chirimen.
A traditional hanami-dango at Arashiyama with Yomogi.
A sakura taiyaki from a small stall at Fukushima’s sakura viewing.
A sakura onigiri and the taiyaki both from Fukushima. Thank you Fukushima for your sakura food options!
Random finds in a Fukushima shopping arcade, both from Sendai (which is quite close to Fukushima).
A sakura donut and a sakura flavored “pie”. I don’t remember the donut flavor, possibly just gave it to my girl Alice. The “pie” was more PopTart.
An odd find was sakura ice cream at a “Warawara” izakaya in Tokyo. I told my friend to make them into boobs, she obliged. I’m an adult who was sober. One of those statements was true.
I’m excited to do a 2015 post soon, but I hope they’re not even more lacking than 2014. It seems to keep going down.
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