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Mitarashi Dango are a type of dango grilled and topped with a sweet, soy sauce glaze. The Mitarashi dango is not filled with anko or azuki beans like regular dango, and is well recognized by the sweet and savory smell. Mitarashi dango originated from the Kamo Mitarashi Tea House located in Kyoto. The dango is said to be named after the mitarashi (the place that purifies water in a shrine) of the Shimogamo Shrine closeby, and slowly found it's way across Japan. Vendors in Kyoto started selling the style of Dango, and the popularity caught on. Now, you can enjoy Mitarashi Dango from convenience stores and super markets, as well as tea houses and dango shops. It is fair to note however because the mitarashi dango in super markets and convenience stores are made to have a longer shelf life, they have a higher concentration of sugar. If you are looking for truly authentic Mitarashi Dango, Kyoto would be the best destination.
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