Teahouse and Traditional Japanese Sweets

I visited a traditional Japanese garden one afternoon during a day trip to Hitachiota. After wandering around for a while, I discovered a teahouse perched right above this gorgeous pond. For 500 yen, you could sit in a private tatami room overlooking the scenery, while enjoying a bowl of quality matcha tea whisked by hand right there in front of you.

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The tea was frothy and perfectly prepared. Matcha has a bit of a reputation for being bitter, but it had a surprisingly delicate flavour with a pleasant and smooth texture. But before the tea, of course, there’s the traditional Japanese sweet!

The dessert served by this particular teahouse was called nerikiri. It is made out of sweetened white bean paste and rice flour on the outside, with red bean paste on the inside. It was topped with a little slice of jelly in the shape of a leaf. Depending on the time of year, they  come in different shapes and colours to reflect the changing seasons. Nerikiri are incredibly soft and smooth. The texture is like a fluffier version of marzipan, but it tastes completely different, with a mild and subtle flavour.

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16 thoughts on “Teahouse and Traditional Japanese Sweets

  1. I did something similar on my trip to Japan– the toughest part was following the (apparently) traditional etiquette that you were supposed to put the whole sweet in your mouth at once. It made for kind of a big bite…

    1. What? Haha I think someone was pulling your leg! I’ve never heard of that before! That’s what the bamboo skewer is there for — to help you slice it up into small bites! XD
      There definitely were a lot of traditional rules I messed up on though, like not stepping on the seams of the tatami, and sitting with my back to the altar. One rule about the sweet is that you’re supposed to finish it before the tea is served, but I was so busy admiring it that I ended up drinking my tea and eating the nerikiri at the same time hehe. 😛

    1. It was! i haven’t experienced anything like it! I just can’t think of anywhere other that Japan where you can get an entire private room overlooking a pond just to drink a bowl of tea haha 🙂 It was a lot of fun.

    1. It was so serene! It was my first time visiting a tea house in Japan, but I hope to try out a few more sometime. It was a beautiful experience 😀

    1. Haha that’s the problem with a lot of Japanese sweets. The other day I had a cupcake with a perfect Hello Kitty face on it…desserts in Japan are all way too beautiful to ruin!

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