What sort of wagashi is the most popular in the whole of Japan?

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Norman Norman, Lived in Japan

Answered 10 months ago

I think that the sweet bean paste based wagashi is the most popular kinds in Japan. There are so many kinds of wagashi made with sweet bean paste; with the combination of rice, flour, kudzu (arrowroot) starch and so on. That is loved by everyone from children to adults!
Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Answered 9 months ago

There are so many kinds of wagashi and it is hard to determine the particular one. But I'd say here are some of the most popular kinds:

- All sorts of mochi
including daifuku (red bean paste wrapped in mochi), sakura mochi, kashiwa mochi, grilled mochi, warabi mochi, etc

- Manju
Red bean paste wrapped in dough. There are many variations, like onsen manju, sake manju, kuri (chestnut) manju, etc.

- Yokan
bar shaped red bean paste, texture is like thick jelly. So tasty! 

- Taiyaki, Dorayaki
Taiyaki fish shaped pancake like sweets containing red bean paste and other kinds of pastes inside. Dorayaki is like a pancake sandwich containing red bean paste inside.

- Nerikiri
The beautiful shapes and color shaped sweets made of white anko is nerikiri. Often served with thick matcha tea. 

- Anmitsu, cream Anmitsu
It's like a parfait containing red bean paste, kanten jelly, beans, and ice cream. Served cold.

- Zenzai and Oshiruko
Hot red bean soup sometimes containing shiratama or mochi inside. Very tasty especially on cold days!

- Senbei (rice crackers)
Not sure if this will be a kind of wagashi but one of Japanese traditional snacks :)

- Matcha flavored something
flavoring with matcha makes everything like Japanese sweets. 

This website shows many kinds of wagashi with pictures :)
http://www.zenkaren.net/_0300/_0301/_030101

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