To celebrate Children’s Day on May 5, people in Japan eat mochi wrapped in leaves from the kashiwa tree (Japanese emperor oak).
Since old kashiwa leaves do not fall off until new shoots (new leaves) have grown up, the kashiwa leaves have become a symbol of unbroken family lineage.
Our version uses dōmyōji (steamed rice) flour and is available in two fillings: whole red bean (tsubu) and smooth red bean (koshi).
Caution: the kashiwa leaves are not edible.
Best-before date: 1 day
Availability: April - May 5 (Children’s Day), all stores (store list)
Dōmyōji (steamed rice) flour