Wagashi is a term that covers all different types of traditional Japanese sweets. Not only are these sweets known for their addictive tastes, but they are also exquisitely presented.

One type of traditional Japanese sweet which recently got attention for its appearance is kohakuto, which literally means ‘amber sugar’. It is made from Agar Agar ('kanten' in Japanese) and is chewy inside with a crunchy outside.

As this type of wagashi has been getting popular overseas, it has been referred to as ‘crystal candy’ or ‘candy gems’, due to the sweet’s similarity to precious jewels and stones.

If you’re interested in trying out these bewitchingly pretty snacks, a kohakuto specialist pop-up shop is selling extra gorgeous versions for a limited time only. The company is based in Chiba but they will be selling their wares on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Marui shopping mall in Tokyo, until 31st August 2021.

The shop is called ‘Magic Kohakuto’ (Maho no Kohakuto), and their lineup has been made in various colours to create an enchanting effect.

There’s various flavours like mint and coffee, and the sweets can be bought in phials that make them look like ingredients for a potion.

If you can’t make it to Tokyo for the pop-up shop, you can also get a hold of these kohakuto from the ‘Magic Kohakuto’ online store.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.