Wagashi (Japanese sweets)

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WAGASHI--79,200 Google hits
There is a discussion of "Wagashi" on Gothamist.com today. "Wagashi" has  
been around forever in Japan, but is still not in the OED ("miserable on  food").
I had planned to do an internet food dictionary/encyclopedia, but given  that 
my work has made me penniless (and is usually taken without credit), I'm  
under orders to throw everything in this apartment out. 
If all the Culinary Historians finally want to finally get together with me  
and do the internet food/drink dictionary (a scholarly food Wikipedia 
project),  I guess I can do that for free in my spare time from parking  tickets...
Last summer we were in Tokyo, and we got addicted to Japanese desserts. Most  
of it is made from sweet red bean paste wrapped in various kinds of dough. 
When  we got back, we were majorly fiending for it-- total case of the dessert 
DTs.  Luckily, we noticed that the Sunrise Market on Broome Street stocks 
plenty of  simple wagashi-- and fairly reasonably priced at $1-$3/piece, depending 
on the  size. If you are looking for something a little more sophisticated, 
check out  the _wagashi  made by Toraya_ 
(http://www.toraya-group.co.jp/english/wagashi/types.html) -- they've been making candy in Japan since the 1600s, and 
you  can buy their stuff at _two locations  in New York_ 
(http://www.toraya-group.co.jp/english/shops/index.html#usa) . 
Posted by _Jake Dobkin_ (http://www.gothamist.com/staff.php#jake)  in _Food_ 
(http://www.gothamist.com/archives/food/)  | 
_Wagashi -  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia_ 
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagashi)      A selection of wagashi to be served  during a Japanese tea 
ceremony. Wagashi (Japanese: 和菓子) is a  general term for traditional Japanese 
confectionery, ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagashi - 14k -  _Cached_ 
cd=6&ie=UTF-8)  - _Similar pages_ 
_About  Wagashi_ (http://www.kitchoan.com/E/wagashi.html)      The origin of 
Wagashi dates back to the  Yayoi Era (BC300-AC300), ... “Wagashi” was greatly 
 influenced by the grain processing skills that were introduced  ...
www.kitchoan.com/E/wagashi.html - 7k -  _Cached_ 
nk&cd=1&ie=UTF-8)  - _Similar pages_ 

_Types of Wagashi | TORAYA Confectionery_ 
(http://www.toraya-group.co.jp/english/wagashi/types.html)      The extensive world of wagashi,  traditional 
Japanese confections dose not merely encompass a single group  of confections; the 
art of Japanese confectionery ...
www.toraya-group.co.jp/english/wagashi/types.html -  17k - Feb 3, 2006 - 
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_Wagashi - Japanese Sweets_ (http://japanesefood.about.com/b/a/046896.htm)    
  Japanese sweets are called wa-gashi in Japanese,  and western-style sweets 
are called yo-gashi. Japanese Sweets/Desserts  Photo © 2005 Setsuko Yoshizuka, 
japanesefood.about.com/b/a/046896.htm - 28k -  _Cached_ 
n&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=5&ie=UTF-8)  - _Similar pages_ 
_GOING  OUT Guide_ 
New York Times (1857-Current file). New  York, N.Y.: Jun 12, 1975. p. 32 (1 
page) :
Wagashi, anybody? These are Japanese cakes, with an artistic value of their  
own, served at the tea ceremony, a national cultural tradition. Made from  
sweetened bean paste, the wagashi are molded into delicately shaped flowers,  
plants, leaves and mini-landscapes, with striking variations in color and  

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