Friday, September 19, 2008


Day sixty: Tsukubai

Ryu-en, ¥168 (small size)

Tsukubai is a type of han-higashi, a "half-dry" sweet made of rakugan (wasambon sugar and rice starch) and
tsubuan (chunky sweet bean paste). It is modeled after a famous stone basin in the gardens of Ryoanji temple; the carved characters on its face read, "I learn only to be contented." The ingredients are loosely mixed and pressed into the carved mold, creating a mottled appearance that evokes the play of dappled sunlight in the leafy garden.

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