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Kyoto Yatsuhashi | Japanese Traditional Sweet

Kyoto Yatsuhashi | Japanese Traditional Sweet

Yatsuhashi is a popular souvenir and confectionery from Kyoto, Japan. There are actually two kinds of yatsuhashi, baked and raw (nama-yatsuhashi). The baked yatsuhashi is a cookie made from glutinous rice flour. The original yatsuhashi is made from rice flour, sugar, and nikki (cinnamon). Today other variations in flavor such as green tea have become popular, producing green yatsuhashi rather than the original dark tan colored cookies.

Perhaps more popular of the two is the nama-yatsuhashi. The nama yatsuhashi is the unbaked version of the yatsuhashi cookie. Nama yatsuhashi is a mochi with a red bean paste filling, and just like the yatsuhashi cookie, the original yatsuhashi were nikki flavor. Today, more variations of the nama yatsuhashi have also become popular including green tea, strawberry, chestnut, cherry blossoms, and many more including seasonal fruits during the time of production. These mochi yatsuhashi snacks are great souvenirs of Kyoto.


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