Christmasy Japanese Wagashi

In Japan, we enjoy Christmas; it is mostly as a part of commercialized event. During the severe cold season, the homey atmosphere makes us feel warm and happy. Illumination and Christmasy goods are everywhere. People spend money not only for the present but for Christmas fancy cakes.

Recently, even Christmassy Wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionery) can be seen. Wagashi is traditionally served with Matcha at tea ceremony, especially the types made of mochi(sticky rice), azuki bean paste, and fruits, so originally it is far from Christmasy sweets. Yet, what is the  Japanese confectionery’s principle?  it is to place an importance on “season”.

Now December is associated with Christmas even among Japanese. So, why not?