Category: Recipes


Hokkaido Potato Cakes

From this month, I will be featuring regional sweets from each prefecture of Japan. First is Hokkaido, where ‘Imo-mochi’ (potato cakes) are a traditional snack. Made from the potatoes which grow so abundantly in the area, they are usually eaten… Read More


‘Keiran’ (mochi eggs in soup)

‘Keiran’ is made from Shichinohe to Noheji, in the Shimokita district of Aomori Prefecture. It gets its name from the word for ‘hen’s egg’, because it features two egg-shaped mochi dumplings with sweet bean paste filling, floating in a broth… Read More



Iga-mochi is essential at festivals in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is sold at sweet shops and street stalls during the yearly Autumn festival at Kameyama Shrine. It dates back to the Meiji period – apparently there was a typhoon that… Read More


Heso-mochi rice cakes

For the mid-autumn harvest moon festival on September 27, people in most parts of Japan make offerings of spherical ‘tsukimi dango’ dumplings, but in the Chubu region of Shizuoka Prefecture the traditional offering is ‘heso-mochi’, which have an indentation in… Read More



Kinka-mochi is a traditional sweet in Aomori and Iwate prefectures. With mochi made from wheat flour and a filling of brown sugar with sesame or walnuts, these easily-made treats are sometimes made as offerings for the festival of O-Bon. With… Read More


Beko Mochi (Two-Tone Rice Cake)

For Childrenʼs Day, (5 May), ʻKashiwa Mochiʼ is traditionally eaten ‒ but in Hokkaido the leaf-shaped, brown-and-white, ʻBeko Mochiʼ is more common. These two-tone rice cakes are often made at home in Hokkaido and in Tohoku. They can be semi-circular… Read More


Hiuchi-mochi (Mugwort Rice Cakes)

On 8 April is the festival celebrating Buddhaʼs birthday. In Kawakami, Nara Prefecture, ʻhiuchi-mochiʼ (ʻflint rice cakesʼ, so called because they are made in a shape of a flint stone used by Buddha) are made as offerings for this occasion…. Read More