For the good start of June, the better start of summer, let me introduce our seasonal treats exclusively seen in Kyoto, Japan.
Triangle rice cake (mochi) with red bean toppings is called “Minazuki,” which means “June” in old Japanese. Mochi part is recognized as ice cube, and people believe it will chill us during Kyoto’s hot and humid season as well as removing devils by red beans. The ritual of eating Minazuki is held on the last day of June every year, but it is loved as daily sweets and sold throughout the month.
The fish shaped cake with mochi stuffing is called “Ayu (sweetfish in English).” It is also favorited by people in every generation during summer season, when we can see the fish in Kyoto’s clean river.
People here love and enjoy these kinds of seasonal items with their creative ideas since the old era.