Bad 'azuki' bean harvest may raise the price of sweets

Aug 17, 2016

Bad 'azuki' bean harvest may raise the price of sweets

Following less-than-favorable weather in Hokkaido, makers of traditional wagashi sweets may be forced to raise prices because of growing concerns about this year’s azuki (sweet red bean) harvest. The northernmost prefecture, where some 90 percent of domestic azuki is farmed, saw a relatively large ...

Sweet times beside a scary Kyoto mound

Nov 2, 2013

Sweet times beside a scary Kyoto mound

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“You have big hands, so make it a little larger,” Kataoka-san said, referring to the piece of sweet mochi (glutinous rice cake) I’d been shaping as dexterously as I could manage. After stretching it out a little more, I again showed it to her. ...