• SHARE

Japan has been in love with yōgashi (Western-style sweets and desserts) for centuries.

It started from the very first contact with the Portuguese in the 16th century, from whom the Japanese adopted the castella sponge cake (kasutera), as well as confetti-shaped sugar candy (konpeito). The pace of yōgashi adoption accelerated once the nation reopened to outside contact in the 19th century.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)