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Wagashi (Sweets)

There are so many types of Japanese sweets. Wagashi is artful and delicious.

Anmitsu Cream Anmitsu Mitsumame Recipes star
Relief from summer heat is a spoonful away with these three popular Japanese gelatin dishes.

Chocolate Wasabi Peas and Crisps Recipes star
Wasabi-coated green peas and chocolate make good giri-choco or obligation chocolate gifts for male bosses, co-workers, friends and family. Here are two ways to make them.

Cream Cheese Fruit Tart Recipe star
Use fresh or canned fruit to make these creamy little tarts. There is cream cheese in both the tart shell and the sweet filling.

Dorayaki Recipe star
Sweet red bean paste-filled pancakes are beloved pastries in Japan. They are easy to make at home.

Fresh Peach Sorbet Recipe star
The Japanese often adopt foreign recipes and this sorbet is a good example. Peaches are enjoyed throughout the summer in Asia and they don’t require much added sugar in this delicious, natural frozen dessert.

Green Tea Kakigori Shaved Ice Recipe star
Japanese snow cones feature a colorful assortment of flavors like green tea, condensed milk and the ever popular red azuki bean paste (anko).

Guava Kanten Recipe star
Guava is a tropical fruit not easily found in Japan, but when many Japanese immigrated to the Pacific Islands, indigenous ingredients like guava found their way into Japanese recipes.

Japanese Cheese Cake Recipe star
While American cheesecakes are dense, rich and creamy, Japanese cheese cake has a light soufflé-like texture.

Japanese Cream Pan or Cream-filled Roll Recipe star
Baked sweetbread rolls filled with a rich, custardy pastry cream are requisite bakery offerings.

Sata Andagi Okinawa Doughnuts Recipe star
Sata andagi are sweet, crusty fried dough balls similar to doughnuts.

Shiratama Dango Recipe star
These soft white balls of glutinous rice are eaten in both sweet and savory dishes.

Shirokuma Polar Bear Shaved Ice Recipe star
Shirokuma means polar bear. Its name comes from the white color of the sweetened condensed milk in the recipe.

Taiyaki Fish-Shaped Pastry Recipe star
Taiyaki is similar to dorayaki (red bean paste filled pancake pastries) but cooked in a fish-shaped mold. Street vendors do a brisk business selling these popular treats.

Tsubushi-an and Shiro-an Recipes star
Although sold in cans, this common sweet filling is simple to make using dried beans and sugar.

Wasabi Chocolate Truffle Recipe star
Another Western practice adopted by the Japanese is the celebration of Valentine's Day, although the gift-giving is in reverse. Women present all the men in their lives with chocolate gifts. Wasabi adds a smooth spiciness to chocolate that men really love.

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