Japanese sweets and food in Kamakura
Japanese food is known as healthy food, because it is made with vegetables and plants.
1. Kudzu mochi
My favorite Japanese sweet is Kudzu mochi made by Japanese arrowroot. It’s amazing that some ancestors decided to eat roots of plants and created soft and sticky cake made from that.
In Kamakura, Kosuzu serves very tender Kudzu mochi at their cozy restaurant.
Fu-manju contains raw wheat-gluten and sweet red beans. Fu-manju is very chewy and slippery. It looks green and has a scent of sea, because green seaweed is mixed in before wrapping with bamboo grass.
Fuhan is serving very fresh fu-manju in Bunngakukan, located near Kamakura.
3. Nama-gashiNama-gashi, Japanese fresh sweets, come in many kinds. Every Japanese shop serves seasonal sweets or even monthly ones. Each Japanese confectionery craftsperson expresses Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter seasons with sweet beans and potato. Honestly speaking, the taste of each Nama-gashi is almost the same for me, however it’s shape and tone of colors are totally different.
I have taken Nama-gashi lessons before, and I found the process of Waggish was so creative.
There are various Japanese sweets shops in Kamakura. Mikazukido Kasen, one of sweet shops near Kita-Kamakura station, serves seasonal Nama-gashi too.
4. Sazae rice
One of my favorite snacks is Sazae (Turban shell) with mixed rice served at Hanagokoro. You can eat at the shop or take out as your souvenir with pretty wrapping. The balance of Sazae and rice is perfect.
In Kamakura, you have many eating options; Tempura, Sushi, French, Italian, Curry and many other delicious foods.
If you prefer to eat French by Japanese, OUI OUI would be a good start.
Every dish is full of local vegetables and the atmosphere is quite remarkable.