Image of Hiroshima can also be a scrumptious candy that vacationers have liked for over a century.
Japanese merchandising machines have at all times been superior in terms of drinks, and over the past 12 months or so we’ve seen some superior meals machine improvements too, like the ramen vending machine that just went into service in the Tokyo subway system.
But when, like us, you don’t simply have a candy tooth, however a complete mouth filled with them, you’ll need to take a look at this dessert merchandising machine in Hiroshima Prefecture.
▼ This one
Situated contained in the first-floor arrival foyer of Hiroshima Airport, this merchandising machine sells Hiroshima’s favourite candy snack, the momiji manju, or “maple cake.”
Hiroshima has a few of the most lovely maple forests and groves in all of Japan, and the timber’ leaves have turn into a logo of the prefecture themselves. The leaf-shaped desserts, with anko (candy pink bean paste) or different candy fillings, first grew to become common on Hiroshima’s Miyajima island over a century in the past, they usually’ve since turn into a well-liked, and much-appreciated, memento for vacationers to take house to share with household, buddies, and coworkers.
▼ Guests to Miyajima fondly keep in mind each the positioning of its world-famous torii gate and the flavour of its scrumptious momiji manju.
This merchandising machine is equipped by Miyajima confectioner Momijido, and gives not solely pink bean, but in addition matcha, lemon, custard cream, chocolate, and cheese flavors, ranging in worth from 220 to 370 yen (US$1.91 to US$3.22).
On our go to, we picked up a two-cake pack of matcha momiji manju.
▼ Our reporter Haruka Takagi posing with the machine-vended sweets
Together with its shrines and sweets, Miyajima is known for the herds of tame deer that roam the island’s streets, mingling freely and friendlily with vacationers. Naturally, there’s a cute drawing of 1 on the field.
Momiji manju aren’t fairly bite-sized (except you’re taking extra-big bites), however they’re compact sufficient to eat along with your fingers. Regardless of their look they’re not made with maple syrup or extract, however they’ve a gentle sweetness not in contrast to the pancake-like part of dorayaki.
The matcha anko inside Momijido’s Momiji manju is particularly scrumptious. It’s flavored with Hoshizora (“Starry Sky”) inexperienced tea, ready for Hiroshima tea service provider Senchaso by growers within the city of Hoshinoura, Fukuoka Prefecture. The matcha filling’s gentle bitterness makes for an attractive distinction with the sweetness of the cake’s outer part, and it even has a chic inexperienced tea aroma. In brief, the matcha momiji manju are alliteratively scrumptious.
Whereas you should purchase momiji manju inside memento outlets too, there’s no denying the enchantment of the moment gratification this merchandising machine gives. There are a handful of different momiji manju merchandising machines to be present in Hiroshima, and we’re maintaining our fingers crossed that at some point we get one close to SoraNews24 headquarters in Tokyo.
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