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Century-Old Candy Maker's Covid-Safety Sweets

Sweets Historical Shops Traditional Japan Stay Home

Founded in 1901 and located in Hida-Takayama, Tohoen is a historic maker of wagashi, or traditional Japanese sweets. With a process and materials that have been honed for over a century, Tohoen creates legacy sweets, but also contemporary originals like this set of pandemic-themed wagashi aimed at reminding people how to cope and stay safe. Pictured above is gomitsu (五蜜), a special set of five sweets that will go on sale for Valentine’s Day. The company hopes that they will never have to sell this set ever again but it includes wagashi that are modeled after the pandemic-fighting yokai Amabie, as well as other—might I say, more practical—ways of staving off pandemics. The set will retail for 1500 yen.

Get details on how you can pick up a set of these limited-edition sweets, as well as cute cat manju with masks, by heading to Spoon & Tamago, and let's hope they aren't needed in the next century.