Sakura Foods in Japan the fourth edition

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.
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Darn you Phillipines! I want to eat a sakura cronut.

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 Mister Donut Japan’s 2015 offerings of a strawberry fare. On sale now.

The Sakura Foods of 2014 I had

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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.

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Japan Haagen-Dazs had three flavors for the season: Sakura, Rose and White Peach Raspberry. The rose was my favorite.

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Shinjuku Lumine EST all you can eat buffet place Bittersweet Paradise has a lovely red bean and sakura sauced waffle.

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From Kyoto Takashimaya I found some Sakura Warabi (桜蕨) which is more delicate than traditional mochi.

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Strawberry flavors invading! Found an ichigo-daifuku Choco Cro at the Hyogo Choco Cro.

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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.

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A traditional hanami-dango at Arashiyama with Yomogi.

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A sakura taiyaki from a small stall at Fukushima’s sakura viewing.

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A sakura onigiri and the taiyaki both from Fukushima. Thank you Fukushima for your sakura food options!

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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.

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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.  :regret:

Previous Sakura food posts:

Sweets Forest in Jiyugaoka – Sakura themed desserts | Q-Pot cafe in Harajuku with Sakura tasting | A collection of Sakura foods (2013) | A few Sakura foods (2011)

 

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13 Comments

  1. March 23, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    It’s all so pretty… and so yummy looking ! ! *___*
    That is super sad that they seem to be decreasing sakura food production for strawberry… Like really ? lol In that case, I would be happy for them to trade sakura flavor to the US for more strawberry haha ! >~<

    • Mitsu
      March 23, 2015 / 2:42 pm

      I agree! I used to see so much sakura stuff. I can’t believe it’s going down. Maybe because people think it’s a fake flavor and strawberry is more real? You know the more organic natural trend but still it’s sweets it can be a little fake…

  2. March 23, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Oh My GOD. All these food look like I need to eat them all!! I never been in Japan during this season, but I need to try! The Sakura mochi look so delicious!!

    • Mitsu
      March 23, 2015 / 2:41 pm

      The sakura mochi are! Since they’re iconic I guess they spend more time making them taste soft yet flowery :)

  3. March 23, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    I think the turn towards strawberry atm is because according to TV they’re actually getting quite a bit of tourism for them, especially from Asia, people coming to try Japanese strawberries because they’re apparently the best. I’m still seeing quite a bit of sakura stuff in stores but it was poorly timed, like Starbucks stopped selling sakura drinks well before sakura season has even started, but the convenience stores all have sakura choux creme and beer and stuff.

    Also I had one of those strawberry donuts last week and it was foul. Looked super cute but tasted awful.

    • Mitsu
      March 25, 2015 / 12:32 pm

      I so don’t understand the Japanese strawberry hype. I feel like strawberries are one of those things that grow wonderfully and yet Japan wants this kind of perfect produce that ignores how actual berries look. I’m sure they use the lower grade ones for food and filling, but I dunno I’m okay with “ugly” fruit as long as its delicious. I don’t think Japanese strawberries are particularly better than many I’ve tried.

      The Starbucks thing is crazy! I don’t know why they time it so poorly!

      • March 27, 2015 / 12:40 am

        Yeah I don’t get it either. They have all these segments of foreigners raving about them on TV and I’m sat at home like….they’re all right but they cost an arm and a leg.
        I could deal with no more sakura drinks at Starbucks (even though they’re delicious) because yay ‘almond milk and honey’ but they’re never even available when I go.

  4. March 24, 2015 / 2:03 am

    I am in Japan this week, and I need to TRY IT ALL
    Oh my god it looks SO delicious! Can’t wait to try all the yummy food!

    • Mitsu
      March 25, 2015 / 12:32 pm

      So excited for you! I’ll be checking your blog for sakura updates then :)

  5. March 24, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    I wish we had Mister Donut here in Canada >_< They always seem to have such interesting donuts.
    I feel like I'd just try to hunt down as much sakura flavoured things if I was in Japan right now haha.

    • Mitsu
      March 25, 2015 / 12:33 pm

      I really have a sweet spot for Mister Donut (pun intended). They’re always good and often not that sweet if you don’t get the cream filled ones :)

  6. March 25, 2015 / 3:44 am

    Everything looks so tasty *_*
    I wouldn’t be able to decided which I should try first. But I guess it would be on of the Häagen-Dazs’ (maybe the White Peach Raspberry).

    • Mitsu
      March 25, 2015 / 12:33 pm

      I haven’t checked what flavors Haagen-Dazs will do this season but I can’t wait to try them out :)

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