If you’re a fan of mochi, but want to try something a little different, manju could be the Japanese sweet for you. It’s a more classic cake-like version of mochi made from flour, rice powder, and buckwheat and typically filled with a sweet red bean paste known as anko. Originally from China where it’s known as mantou, it’s been enjoyed by Japanese people for almost 700 years. One of the most highly recommended places to try manju is at Fugetsudo in Hitachi City in Ibaraki Prefecture. This traditional style sweet shop has been making classic Japanese sweets for over 70 years, and their manju is perfection.

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