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These cute little treats, called “gifts from Santa“, are sold from Okurayama Aoyagi for 230yen ($2.70) each and are also available in boxed sets containing 4, 6 or 8 pieces.
Even in predominantly non-Christian Japan, where Christmas is more a romantic event than a religious celebration, Christmas cake is a big deal. But for people who aren’t really into cake or who just want something a bit different for a change, it seems Christmas-style wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionaries) are becoming an increasingly popular alternative.
Wagashi are almost an art form, delicately crafted in a wide array of shapes and colors often using a sweet bean paste. And these Chrismas wagashi are a delight not just to eat but to look at as well!
Wagashi maker Kasho Sanseido offers this adorable set of five Christmas-themed wagashi for 2,100yen ($25).
Kouseido offers this beautiful creation that looks like a cake but is made of wagashi, available for 3,500yen ($42) in an 18cm size (about 7 in.) or 5,000yen ($60) in a 21 cm size (about 8 & 1/4 in.).
Kyoto Yoshihiro offers several types of Christmas wagashi, some shaped like cakes, others like petits fours.
▼Bûche de Noël and Christmas Tree wagashi set available for 2,000yen ($24)
Kyoto Yoshihiro website