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Wagashi are traditional Japanese confections that evolved into an art form in the ancient Imperial capital, Kyoto. The character pronounced ‘wa’ denotes things Japanese, while the characters for ‘gashi’, an alliteration of kashi, have come to mean confections.
From Toraya Japanese Confectionery
Mochi: a rice cake made of glutinous rice
Sakuramochi: a rice cake filled with anko and wrapped in a pickled cherry leaf
Dango: a small, sticky, sweet mochi, commonly skewered on a stick
Daifuku: general term for mochi stuffed with anko
Taiyaki: a core of anko surrounded by a fried dough covering shaped like a fish
Anmitsu: chilled gelatinous cubes with fruit
Manjū: steamed cakes of an surrounded by a flour mixture, available in many shapes such as peaches, rabbits, and mushrooms