Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Today, I'd like to show you a Japanese confectionery (和菓子;wa-gashi) called Ichigo-Daifuku, 苺大福.  Ichigo means strawberry. 
More than 2 weeks ago, my husband's ex-lady-colleague made this sweets and gave us in return for his Soba-noodle. Strawberry and sweet beans are wrapped with steamed powdered rice.  We cannot see them much lately unless you go to wa-gashi store. It has been awhile since I had this sweet, so I really enjoyed the taste. 

This sweet goes really well with Japanese ceremonial tea. These things for making tea in the picture below is mine but I don't have thick powdered tea now as it disturbs my sleep. I used to enjoy having a cup a day (maybe) with my late mother when young. 

Tea scoops are my husband's handmade, whisk is not;
I put the link of the picture page showing traditional tea ceremony 

Linking this post to Our World Tuesday;
Thank you very much for stopping by;


  1. what a nice treat! i bet it was delicious!

  2. Hi Miyako san. Oh I love love love Ichigo-Daifuku! The combination of ichigo and anko is perfect, isn't it :-) I didn't realize it has become so rare. I wonder if I can find it in a store when I go to Japan next time.
    You must have lovely memories for having tea with your mom :-)
    Have a wonderful new week, Miyako san xoxo

  3. This ichigo dessert looks so divine. Hey, I learned a new word! Thank you. What is this tea that keeps you awake? I need to order some. :)

  4. It looks like delicious !
    Greetings :)

  5. How very delicious!

  6. Interesting to see how strawberries are served in Japan, maybe not so often anymore. They look so pretty. As do your tea things.

  7. Hello Miyako, I love strawberries and the tea sounds nice. They look delicious, thanks for sharing! Have a happy week!

  8. That looks perfect and the sweets very tasty, a good combination of fresh fruits with the rice.

  9. Miyako ~ very creative post for OWT ~ love the tea ceremony pic and the desert looks delicious ~ thanks,

    artmusedog and carol ( A Creative Harbor)

  10. must be delightful to participate in traditional tea ceremony.

  11. The tea things are so beautiful -- simple perfection! I wonder if you can do the traditional tea ceremony with any other kind of tea -- decaf or green tea or something else than the thick tea, which must have a lot of caffeine in it.

    The sweets look wonderful -- a nice trade, you get her homemade sweets, she gets your husband's wonderful soba noodles. Everybody happy!

  12. Dear Miyako san!
    Ichigo-Daifuku Wa tashimo Japanese ceremonial Tea wa Damidesu..
    Watashi-niwa Ocha-seki.
    Carriage rides around the easte with a guide available beautiful country show.
    Totemo kiraidesu Thank you very much Miyako San to shows us.

    Watasi- wa Fox sports are beautiful to wating golf and Tennis. I must not eat too much food!
    Today's another raining days!

  13. Dearest Miyako,
    LOVELY post with lots of sentiments; also for me...
    The dessert you got from your husband's co-worker is looking so delicious. Those sweet beans must be quite similar with the Vietnamese sweet been desserts (I loved to eat when I still could eat sweets...). The steamed rice powder makes such a lovely layer; looking like white chocolate.
    And that green tea whisk makes me remember our green tea ceremony in Tokyo on July 9, 2007.
    Next we go to Happoen to stroll through the elegant Japanese garden and our bus is divided into groups so we get a set time to go to the wooden classic structure, built as residence and not as restaurant where a tea master will make the authentic Japanese green tea. It is thick and she uses a whisk from fine bamboo. We are not allowed to speak and must take the bowl we later receive (prepared ahead of time since only one honored guest receives the special prepared tea) such way that we don’t drink from the decorated side. No photographs allowed…

    Fond memories and I love drinking green tea, however not the thick powdered verson you drank when young and I only once, at Happoen...


  14. I would love so much to try Ichigo-Daifuku one day! Hopefully at a tea ceremony!! Looks delicious and so pretty

  15. I have been at a Chinese tea ceremony and would love to join you in a Japanese one. Recently I was dressed in a kimono and with my heart condition, they had to take me out of it quickly before I collapsed from lack of oxygen. I never realised they were so tight.
    I wish you could give me a recipe for the dessert.
    Love and hugs . . . Arija

  16. Those sweets look delicious.

  17. The strawberry sweet looks delicious on it's beautiful plate. Another food delight that is new to my eyes. Thank you Miyako.
    Also, I must say how talented your Husband is to have made those beautiful tea scoops :D)