Are those pancakes?! That’s dorayaki, which consists of two pancake-like slices of castella cake wrapped around a red bean paste filling. It’s a common street food snack, easily eaten with one hand. But no need to attend a festival just to try this out—there are mini snack versions of dorayaki and even ones with chocolate filling!
Ramune is a Japanese carbonated beverage that has had a surge in global popularity and is known for its distinctive glass bottle. To open a bottle of ramune, you need to push down the marble that sits at the mouth of the bottle, and into the neck of the bottle, where it sits as you enjoy your beverage. The light soft drink is refreshing and, thus, popular in the summer months. It is so well-loved, it has spawned a variety of ramune candies so everyone can enjoy it no matter where they go!
Kinoko no Yama
Japan is amazing at creating cute little snacks like these chocolate-shaped mushrooms called Kinoko no Yama, otherwise known in the United States as Chocorooms. The stem part of the mushroom is made of a light biscuit and the mushroom cap is made of chocolate. The stems make it convenient to grab and eat, so there’s no chocolate melting on anybody’s fingers— nothing wasted here!
Shiroi Koibito is a very popular souvenir snack food item in Japan. The light biscuit sandwich cookie envelopes a white chocolate cream and brings to mind snowy Hokkaido up north, where it comes from. It’s so popular that if you visit Hokkaido, it’s basically expected that you’ll bring this snack back! Each little cookie is very delicate and melts on the tongue for a smooth experience.