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Co., Ltd. Furyudo
250-50, Yada-cho, Matsue City, Shimane, Japan

Category: Confectionery
Product Name: Yamakawa
Raw Materials: Glutinous rice, sugar, salt, coloring (red 3, red 106, yellow 5)

Best-Before Date: 10日後になっていた(意外に日持ちしない)

Yamakawa


Somewhere, someone said that there are three famous confections in Japan (Yamakawa of Fureudo in Matsue, Koshino Yuki of Yamatoya in Nagaoka, and Chosei-den of Morihachi in Kanazawa). Rakugan is a traditional Japanese confectionery that has been used as a standard confectionery in the tea ceremony and as a gift for Buddhist and congratulatory occasions.

(As I recall, from the middle of the Showa era (1926-1989) to a while ago, wedding sweets were often decorated with colorful dried sweets such as sea breams and prawns made at Rakugan. After a while, it changed from dried confectionery to fresh confectionery while retaining its shape, and the appearance of Rakugan seems to have diminished gradually.

So, I decided to try the Yamakawa from Fureudo in Matsue among the three famous confections (Yamakawa, Wakakusa, and Nanane no Sato) of the nostalgic Rakugan.


When you open the lid of the paper box, you'll find a heavy red and white Rakugan lying there. The front is flat, but the back side has a cut in each block to make it easy to break. Oh, that's the smell of the Rakugan. As I crunched it into my mouth, it gradually melted away, and as I bit into it more than I could bear, there was a crunchy, sugary texture. Hey, long time no see! The taste is simple and nostalgic. I had an image of it being harder, but it was surprisingly soft (maybe it was because I used to eat hard ones). The Rakugan of Kohaku has the same taste in both of them.

It's a wonder that such a unique flavor can emerge from such a simple ingredient. This is a taste that can't be explained to those who have never eaten it before. Tea is a must.
©Japanese Famous Foods , Update:2020/07/12