Lifestyle magazine with azuki and Japanese sweets

Cook and writer about beauty and food.Naoko Okada
Cook and writer about beauty and food. She is very good at coming up with the ideas not only the flavor but also culinary performance. She also likes challenging and arranging the recipes, which are different from ordinary recipes in cooking books. When she come across the great Wagashi store, she can’t help spreading the informations and trying to make the same one.
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Traditional wagashi Botamochi / Ohagi

Traditional wagashi Botamochi / Ohagi

Botamochi and Ohagi are Japanese sweet made with rice and azuki (red beans paste). Japanese people enjoy this sweet in Higan(Buddhist holiday during the Spring ...
Traditonal wagashi “Ohagi”

Traditonal wagashi “Ohagi”

Ohagi is very popular beans dessert and familiar to all Japanese people. There are various names of it, depending on the season or regions. Just like that every...
Taste perception and astringent taste

Taste perception and astringent taste

~ Sent, how to preserve, how to produce can change the flavor~ Contains a lot of starch? Azuki is deeply ingrained in Japanese society and it has been used as m...
Planting Azuki beans

Planting Azuki beans

 I often received the inquiries about when we harvest those beans. Some customers even ask us to send new beans around August, which is not feasible at all. In ...
Kagami-mochi

Kagami-mochi

The Kagami-mochi first appeared in around 14th. The name Kagami is said to have originated from its resemblance to a mirror that people offered to God named Sai...
Nourishment and effectiveness

Nourishment and effectiveness

About Azuki  It has low calorie … Koshi-Ann(red beans paste) has half as much calorie as shortcake.   You may think that Anko is sweet and therefore you wi...
“ Dorayaki “ Bean Jam pancake

“ Dorayaki “ Bean Jam pancake

This pancake was named after the musical instrument, Dora (Gong in English), which has the rounded shape and just looks like it. The origin of this cake goes ba...
What is NI-O?

What is NI-O?

NI-O is the way farmers pile up the reaped beans to dry them up. This word. “ NI-O” is named after the old Japanese language, which has the same pronunciation a...
Azuki traditional menu “sekihan”

Azuki traditional menu “sekihan”

Sekihan is a Japanese traditional dish. It is sticky rice( mochi-gome) steamed with red beans. They get mochi-gome permeated with the water used to boil red bea...
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