Japanese retro sweeeeets

Do you have a sweet tooth? I have a great suggestion for you. Find a candy shop that reminds of post World War II era when this kind of shops called dagashiya started to grow on popularity. It is a place where often grandparents would take their grandchildren to treat them with a small snack, candy or a toy. Even though you can now by sweets at any corner in the convenience stores, this type of store is with many Japanese linked to their childhood memories, so it bears this nostalgic value for them.
Nonetheless, tourists can also indulge in many interesting candies and get the taste of what the kids in Japan used to appease their taste buds with. It is very cheap to shop in dagashiya and most of the products come in a single piece item, so you can pick many and try as much as you like.
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I have tasted few that my Japanese friend recommended me so I will try to briefly introduce it to you.
1. Edo dagashi - these kinds of candy shops have been around for many years before the WWII and this candy is something that would be typically sold in the dagashiya of Edo period (1603-1868). At that time candies used to be made of starch, corn. Edo dagayashi is simple, yet crispy and sweet.
2. Pachi pachi panikku - in the small pack you will find small crystal-like sugary pieces with other candies. If you put that in your mouth it will feel like small explosions and you could actually hear the candy bursting in your mouth.
3. Fuusen gamu - there are 3 gums in the packing and only one is extremely sour. You won't know which one is the sweet one and which one is not.
4. Yakiimo yougan - this sweet taste like sweet potato which is generally very popular filling for all kinds of pastries. Not only taste but also the candy's texture resembles baked sweet potato.
5. Puku puku tai - it has a form of taiyaki, however, it is a crispy sweet filled with bubble chocolate. The onomatopoeia puku puku echoes foaming feel and the sound while eating.
6. Lolipop? - but is it though? It needs to melt a little bit and the two sticks provide you to twist and deform the candy as you wish. It is extremely sticky, so be careful when touching your teeth.
7. Morokko yoguuto - this sweet that comes in a little cup tastes like yogurt. Of course, don't expect to be exactly like yogurt, it is a lot sweeter.
8. Mikkusu bei - the texture should resemble mochi, although frankly speaking, it tasted like fruit-flavoured sugar.
9. Korisu - it is a sweet shaped like a circle. If you put it in your mouth and blow out air it works as a whistle. The packing comes with a small paper box where a surprise toy awaits you. I had a little green plastic truck inside. Yaaaay!

There's a plenty of more sweets that you can find in dagashiya so you don't have to limit yourself to just the few that I introduced here.
In this article, you can read about various locations of dagashiya across Japan.

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Simon Happy