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Confections in celebration of Children’s Day (Tango no Sekku)

While May 5 in Japan is now most commonly known as Boy’s Day or Children’s Day, its origin dates back to the traditional celebration of Tango no sekku. On this day, auspicious sweets are eaten to ward away evil and pray for the child’s good health and wellbeing.

 At Toraya, we offer a selection of seasonal confections based on the traditions and motifs surrounding this celebration.

 Petite Yokan『Satsuki Nobori』

Limited-edition package of our signature yokan are decorated with irises (Yoru no Ume/Night Plum), flying carp streamers (Shimmidori/Verdure), and kabuto samurai helmet (Omokage/Reminiscence), well-known motifs associated with Boy’s Day and the month of May.

【Sales Period】3 April 2021 – 5 May 2021 ※ Or while stocks last
【Sales Location】All stores
【Price】292 yen/piece (including tax)
 

Seasonal Yokan Ayame Awase/Brimming with Irises

This seasonal yokan’s design is evocative of colorful purple and white irises which are in full bloom around Children’s Day every year.

【Sales Period】Early April – Early May  ※ Or while stocks last
【Sales Location】All stores
【Price】1944 yen (including tax)
 

Kashiwa MochiOak-wrapped dumplings

Nested in kashiwa or Japanese emperor oak’s leaf, the confection signifies permanence and prosperity as the leaves only fall from the tree when new shoots emerge. 

The confection comes with two filling options: smooth azuki bean paste or miso-flavored white azuki bean paste.

【Price】303 yen/piece (including tax)
【Sales Period and Location】Late April to Early May. Date and variety vary according to location. Please click here for more information (※ Japanese only)
 

ChimakiBamboo-wrapped dumplings

Chimaki has long been associated with warding away evil since the Heian period (794 - 1185). At Toraya, we offer several varieties of this seasonal sweet treat, all wrapped in aromatic bamboo grass.

  • Yokan Chimaki: dough made from smooth azuki bean paste and kuzu starch.
  • Kuzu Chimaki: simple kuzu starch dough with light refreshing sweetness.
  • Uiro Chimaki: dough made from rice flour with a firmer, springy texture.  (※ Only available in Nagoya and Kansai area)
  • Uiro with unrefined cane sugar Chimaki: using a different type of sugar, it stands out from its uiro chimaki counterpart by its rich sweetness. ( ※ Only available in Kanto and Gotemba area)

【Price】411 yen/piece (including tax)
【Sales Period and Location】Early May. Date and variety vary according to location. Please click here (Kanto, Gotemba) or here (Nagoya, Kansai) for more information (※ Japanese only)