Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wagashi 2012 Spring 10

This could be the oldest wagashi in Japan that is still produced in Kyoto.  Seijokankidan is celebrating Kangi Kango which represents the male and female principles in Buddhist doctrines.  The spiced an is wrapped by a thin layer of dough like a little bag with 8 knots symbolzing the 8 petals of lotus seat, then deep-fried in sesame oil.  This Nara period traditional candy originated from Tang's China more than 1000 years ago.  Shotoku Taishi's envoy brought it back to Japan.  Now it is still produced by Kameya Kiyonaga in Kyoto.

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