An old-time Japanese favorite! Pickled cherry leaf wrapped around the cake. Some people don’t eat the leaves but it is supposed to bring out the sweetness of the bean paste inside and transfer the cherry scent to the cake.
Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice, not to be confused with gluten, pounded into paste and molded into shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki. While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time. Mochi is also a prominent snack in Hawaii, South Korea, Taiwan.