Kuri sekku (Chestnut seasonnal festival)
Mid September marks the start of the chestnut season, on of the star ingredient of Autumn. In this wagashi chestnut jam replaces the usual bean jam.
photo all right reserved © Donald Kimon Lightner
Ao nashi (young pear)
This delicate wagashi is a late 16th century tea master’s creation.
Bean jam is wrapped with a sweet paste made of arrowroot flour, and sprinkled with white poppy seeds
[translation by Kodanuki no Jiji]