If you know me, you know that my favorite part of any meal is dessert. Well, I love the desserts in Japan! Many of them don't involve dairy, and there are so many different ones to try. The Japanese have quite a sweet-tooth, as evidenced by the incredibly long lines in front of Krispy Kreme, Cold Stone, and all French patisseries. They especially love baumkuchen, the many layered crepe cakes.
This is just a sampling of the things I've eaten here. Most of them time, I forget to take a picture before wolfing it down. :)
Sakura mochi: this is a seasonal specialty, coinciding with sakura season. See how it's pink? It has red bean on the inside and is wrapped around a plum leaf, giving it a slightly salty taste. Yum!
Sweet rice wine (my favorite) paired with kinako (toasted soy flour) mochi. Kinako is definitely one of my favorite finds here.
Anmitsu: so delicious and refreshing! It's got cubes of gelatin, with mochi, red bean paste, and some canned fruit.
I bought these in Kamakura (more on Kamakura in a separate post). They aren't quite dessert but are a lovely snack. Some sort of sugary ball around a peanut. Sorry, I don't do it justice but isn't it pretty?
Of course there are a million macarons here. Here is the official Pierre Herme one, but Dan didn't like it as much as the ones from La Maison du Chocolat.
Dorayaki: this is like a cake sandwich with red bean paste inside. This one tasted a little eggy, so I wasn't the biggest fan, but I am a sucker for all things red bean paste-related.
Traditional Japanese sweet + matcha: this was an incredible mochi!
These purple sweet potatoes make their appearance everywhere. I love them! This is a cake with sweet potato paste on the inside. They also make these into chips (with a sweet glaze on top) and ice cream and even doughnut filling!
Chocolate crepe: crepes here are kind of different, they are used more like ice cream cones! They are so popular at Harajuku; almost everyone is carrying one. Strangely enough, no one seems to have invited the Nutella crepe here yet.
Green bean cake from Yokohama Chinatown: quite good, never had this before, but the beans were ground very finely, so you could taste them individually.