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Strawberry shortcake

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Japanese sweets

Japanese sweets are known as Wagashi and are a high Japanese culinary art form. But also Western style cake shops can be found in Japan and people usually buy cakes when visiting friends' houses, for birthdays and also for Christmas Day.

In this blog, one of JOI's veteran teachers, introduces a very popular Western style cake – which is surprisingly found mainly in Japan.

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Strawberry shortcake


By SENO Chiaki

Strawberry shortcake





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Strawberry shortcake

When one mentions “cake”, I think that the first thing that will come to mind for many Japanese people will be an image of strawberry shortcake.

A fluffy sponge cake covered with white fresh cream and with a red strawberries in it. The contrast between the sweetness of the cream and the sourness of the strawberry is exquisite.

In Japan, the color matching of red and white is also known as Kou Haku, and is often used for celebrations. This auspicious coloring may also be one of the reasons that this shortcake is so well loved.

It is a standard sweet on birthdays and at Christmas, but apparently it is not actually seen much outside of Japan. If you get a chance, please try to eat some.

真っ先(まっさき)に at the very beginning; first of all

~ではないでしょうか I think it might be the case that ....

ふんわり softly; fluffy; gently

絶妙(ぜつみょう)な superb; exquisite

紅白(こうはく) red and white

[お]祝い事(いわいごと) celebration

[お]めでたい happy; joyous; auspicious

~かもしれません may [might] (be, do); perhaps; maybe; possibly

定番(ていばん) standard articles

~以外(いがい) except; besideds

~ようです it seems that...

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