Travelers’ Treasures / Sotto Hirakuto — Haru Honoka, Natsu Kirari, Aki Yurara, Yuki Fuwari (Dried sweets and confetti)

The city of Kanazawa is flourishing with the opening of a new Shinkansen line. About a one-hour drive away lies Yamanaka Onsen (a hot spring), which is located in the mountains of Kaga city and has more than 1,300 years of history.

The tea ceremony and a culture of Japanese confections have thrived in this region since olden times. The Sotto Hirakuto series is a new creation that was born in this historic center of confectionaries.

These seasonal higashi (dried sweets) wrapped in monaka wafers (made from mochi) come in four types (spring, summer, autumn and winter). Their light taste and delicate flavors convey the confectionary tradition of Kaga. Great care is also taken in their appearance. The higashi are attractively finished in decorative plant and food motifs for each season.

A fortune-telling card is also included with each higashi, delivering a little surprise with each treat. These Japanese sweets are fun to look at, hold and eat.

Price: ¥896 (for two pieces)

Manufacturer: Sankaido in Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture (

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