Posts Tagged ‘Japanese sweets’

My first shrine visit of the year, referred to as hatsumode (初詣) in Japanese, actually involved visits to two local shrines in Toyonaka. As always, I visited Kasuga-jinja, the shrine where I’ve been making my New Year visits since moving to Japan in 2005. Kasuga-jinja is dedicated to Amaterasu, the sun goddess, among many others, […]


Some of the nicest packaging I’ve come across lately has to be from the set of Yamanaka Ishikawaya green tea sweets that came with my grocery delivery a few weeks ago.  The company not only has a mascot that is the cutest thing since sliced milk, but they also offer a fantastic variety of brilliantly […]