Written by Ren Wong
Cherry blossoms of April are celebrated in the springtime with “Sakura-mochi,” made of pale pink mochi-gome (sticky rice) stuffed with red bean paste, and wrapped in cherry tree leaves. The “Yuki-mochi” of December is dusted with white rice cake powder reminiscent of the seasonal snowfall. However, among the 11 varieties, the three most popular are “Takenagashi” (bamboo-mochi) of July, “Hassaku Awa-mochi” (millet rice cake) of August, and Chestnut-mochi of October, “Kurimochi.”
Takenagashi, meaning “bamboo flow,” is made by pouring a summer treat made with red beans called “mizu yokan” into bamboo stalks, and then covered in bamboo leaves. It is best eaten chilled and is a good remedy for the scorching heat of July.
How to buy Tsuitachi-mochi (take-away)
To avoid crowds and practice social distancing, a system of numbered tickets has been started.1. Obtain a numbered reservation ticket from the main store, available from 5 p.m. the day before purchase. Please note that the numbered reservation ticket is not an exchange ticket for purchasing Tsuitachi-mochi, but a ticket to arrange the time of purchase.
2. On the day of purchase, come to the main store at the time indicated on the ticket and wait in line as guided by staff.
Please be aware that this process may change temporarily due to the pandemic situation. Please check the company website for the latest guidance. Akafuku has also launched a new way to check the crowdedness of the store online to ensure a comfortable visit.