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The Origin of Japanese Sweets
The history of sweets in Japan dates back to about 2000 years ago. At that time, it is said that sweets were fruits such as chestnuts and persimmons.
About 1,400 years ago, Chinese envoys and high priests brought the most advanced sweets from the continental culture to Japan.
About 800 years ago, the custom of drinking Japanese tea and having snacks took root among Zen monks. Furthermore, about 700 years ago, sweets that were indispensable to the tea ceremony were developed mainly in samurai society. This is the root of today’s wagashi.
From Portugal and Spain, western sweets made mainly of eggs, flour and sugar arrived in Japan, and combined with Japanese culture, “Wagashi” was developed.