Specialties of Kyoto: Wagashi | Fresh Takes on Japanese Traditional Sweets and Snacks

Aired: Aug. 27, 2021

Wagashi, or Japanese sweets and snacks, have a thousand-year history. Many types of Wagashi originated in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, and their roots can be traced back to mochi rice cakes. Today, with the global spread of Japanese cuisine and new perspectives from overseas, Wagashi continue to evolve and become well-loved not only in Japan, but also abroad. This segment features the charms of rice-based Wagashi from Kyoto.

Dango sweet rice dumpling
Bubu-arare used as a sweets topping
Edible Bonsai arrangement made of Wagashi
Rice, an ingredient for making Wagashi

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