Teatime to Get Through the Summer

As you may know, wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets)  places an importance on season. Different types of sweets are seen according to the changes of the seasons. 

In June, it’s Minazuki’s turn. It is made of Uiro (sweet rice jelly) and adzuki beans. Uiro gives a refreshing feeling to look at, and adzuki beans are believed to drive away the evil spirits in order to get through the summer. Also what matters most is its shape. It has to be triangle, which refers to “a chip of ice” to give you the coolness to the eye. 

With this sweets, we enjoy teatime, drive away evil spirits and feel coolness….. Let's say that it kills “three” birds with one “Minazuki”.

Minazuki -photo frm M-