While browsing in the “depachika” (basement of the department store where all of the cool food is sold) of the Entetsu department store, I came across these cute little “ichigo daifuku” which were coloured and designed especially for Hina-matsuri (March 3rd):
“Daifuku” (which means “great luck”) are usually sweet mochi balls filled with red bean paste (or sometimes other things). “Ichigo daifuku” are made with strawberries and these ones had “shiro anko” (er… that’s white red bean paste) in them, too. They’re wrapped up a little differently to usual “ichigo daifuku”, and are designed to resemble the Hina dolls that you can see displayed everywhere for Hina-matsuri. Hina dolls come in many different designs, but I could somehow see the resemblance as soon as I saw these cute “ichigo daifuku”!
You can see more Hina doll characters in the photo below:
This is “chirashizushi” which was on sale in the same department store.
I do love how Japan has all these wonderful events and festivals which colour our lives so beautifully. I love how the simple act of buying my lunch in the department store can bring me such joy and give me so much to write about! I’m going to miss that…
By the way, this is a Show Me Japan entry for this week. I’m so happy that Show Me Japan exists – it gives me a little prompt every week to remember to share Japan with everyone! Don’t forget to check out all the other entries! 🙂