Tea Time for the Cool -Minazuki-

As you may know, washoku, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese, was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2013. One of the notable values which was recognized is this; emphasis of the beauty of nature in the presentation. Wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionery) has the same value too. 

The sweets called “minazuki” is a must around the end of June, especially for people in Kyoto. It's a triangle-shaped sweet rice jelly topped with sweet red beans. It is said that red beans drive away evil spirits and the triangle shape represents ice-cubes in order to temper the heat. First, enjoy the cool from the eye, and then satisfy your mouth with a cup of tea. This is the one of the ways people have endured sweltering heat from old times. I like that:-)