Kikyo Shingen mochi, a local Yamanashi delight

Mochi is the ubiquitous sweet of Japan. The rice cake dessert is eaten across the globe, often stuffed with strawberry, red bean or custard. However, these aren't the only ways to enjoy your mochi! Kikyo shingen mochi, a creation hailing from Yamanashi prefecture (near Mount Fuji) presents a unique take on the chewy treat known by seldom few in the west.

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Named after the fierce warlord Takeda Shingen (1521-1573), Kikyo Shingen mochi first developed as a popular souvenir item in Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefecture. Since then, it's reputation has spread throughout Japan and can now be easily purchased in Tokyo department stores too.

Kikyo Shingen mochi is covered in a fried soybean flour called kinako. The kinako adds an additional texture to the chewy mochi, and it's customary to drizzle kuro-mitsu (sweet brown sugar syrup) on top. The balance of both the sweet brown sugar syrup and soybean flour taste makes this the perfect tea time dessert companion.

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Immaculately wrapped souvenir packages include individually-sized servings of each mochi, alongside a wooden toothpick and kuro-mitsu. It's no doubt a great snack to delight your family and friends.