Ise is also famous for its rich variety of rice-cake sweets. Unlike in the castle towns, Ise’s extensive array of delicious sweets grew from a desire to feed the pilgrims making their way to Ise Grand Shrine. Then, the Ise region came to be associated with rice cakes because its sacred location meant that rice was more abundant than in ordinary domains.
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Ise’s most famous confectionery product, akafuku-mochi is especially delicious eaten freshly-baked in the shop. The combination of soft rice cake filling and delicious sweet bean jam covering make for an irresistible treat!
The name henba-mochi is thought to originate from visitors to Ise Shrine, who sent their horses back (henba) when crossing the Miya River on route to the shrine. The burned texture makes for a lightly scented exquisite treat.
A rice cake associated with iwata kagura (a kind of ancient spiritual performance) containing red beans (azuki) from Hokkaido.
A standard type of herbal rice cake, colored and flavored using only wild mugwort.
Kuya Kansuke mochi
A rice cake with an interesting texture, kuya-kansuke-mochi retains the graininess of rice and strained bean paste.
A-400-year-old favorite, the bean paste filling is replaced with brown sugar on the 25th of each month.
Ofuku is the popular name for the deity worshipped at a small cave at Futami Okitama Shrine called Ama-no-Iwaya.
This is the only type of rice cake from Ise-Shima that was already popular during Japan’s feudal era.
Taiko Shusse mochi
People have been chewing on these hand-grilled rice cakes during festivals and celebrations since the olden days.
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