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The earlier three-part series of posts are all about authentic Japanese foods that we have been eating some exported versions outside Japan (Part 1 is about noodles, part 2 about izakaya, and part 3 is about grilled foods as well as tonkatsu and curry).

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This post is about sweets – the traditional wagashi 和菓子.

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The specialist shop – Wagashi Mame まめ – is situated just around of the corner of our apartment in Minato-Aoyama 南青山 和菓子の「まめ」. Their webite is here.

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Although we pass it every day, it appeared to be closed most of the time.  Perhaps it only opens briefly and closes when everything is sold. On several occasions, when it was opened, there was a short queue outside.

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There are several different kinds of mochis and daifukus on offer. This one looks like a giant virus.

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They all came with nice packaging.

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苺大福 strawberry daifuku

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Nice and soft.

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Boxed ready to go.

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The olive color leaf is shiso.

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Perfect to go with tea.

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