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11 Tohoku Souvenirs You’ll Love

Today we have for you the best souvenirs from each of the 6 prefectures that make up the Tohoku region of Japan. They use a specialty item from their own prefecture and they’re all unique and strange. This is a collection of famous souvenirs even Japanese people buy. Take a look!

 

Aomori

1. Kininaru Ringo

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When you think Aomori, you should think apples. This sweet consists of fuji apples dipped in syrup then covered with a pie crust. The crispy texture is a delight and they look good too!

 

Iwate

2. Kamome no Tamago

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This sweet consists of freshly-made anko jam wrapped in a thin castella dough then coated with white chocolate so it resembles an egg. A harmony of Japan and the West.

 

Iwate

3. Gomasuri Dango

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When you take a bite, sesame seed syrup oozes out. There are four flavors of dumpling: sesame, matcha cream, mitarashi, and zunda (mashed edamame). They’ve been around since 1903 and are a must try!

 

Miyagi

4. Hagi no Tsuki

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Miyagi’s super famous for this spongy castella cake with soft custard cream. I’m in heaven~

 

Miyagi

5. Nanbu Senbei

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This is for those without much of a sweet tooth. They have a variety from sesame seed to peanut, miso to soy sauce. They’re popular with kids too and are a simple, crispy Japanese senbei cracker.

 

Yamagata

6. Dadakko Purine

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A velvety pudding made from dadacha-mame (edamame) and fresh milk. It has no grassy smell to it. Typical for Japanese sweets!

 

Yamagata

7. Sakuranbo Kirara

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This Yamagata specialty is a whole cherry inside jelly. It looks so cute! Best eaten chilled.

 

Akita

8. Kinman

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Good quality white anko jam wrapped inside castella. The kanji printed on it looks nice! A famous item to get outside Akita Station.

 

Akita

9. Namahage Senbei

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This senbei is shaped after the well-known ‘namahage,’ who appear in Akita festivals. You’ll be the talk of the town with a souvenir like this. They’re individually wrapped in true Japanese fashion so they’re easy to carry.

 

Fukushima

10. Awa Manju

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A steamed manju bun with millet granules. The vivid yellow color leaves a lasting impression. Have one and even your spirits will be lifted. They’re only good for 2-3 days so it might be better to eat them there, rather than keep as a souvenir.

 

Fukushima

11. Mamadoru

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Baked buttery, milky anko jam. When it comes to Fukushima, this souvenir’s what everyone thinks of! Apparently “mamadoru” comes from Spanish, meaning ‘people who drink milk’.

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