hese Vegan Sakura Japanese Wagashi are lightly sweetened and made with minimal ingredients. They are vegan, gluten-free and made oil-free. They make for the perfect tea time snack to have.
“When does dad have his vacation week?” I would ask my mom as we sat on our tiny plastic stools outside, repotting the plants in our garden.
Being a chef, my dad never took a vacation week until the summer season died down a little. Even so, we never traveled anywhere out of state. He would use the time he had off to take care of any repairs that were needed around our house.
He didn’t mind having to work long hours and preferred it, not necessarily because he loved those long hours, but because he wanted to earn more money to support our family. My mom was a housewife and my dad never asked her to work if she did not want to even during more challenging times or when he was injured at work and couldn’t work for a while. His main focus was our family, wanting us to live as comfortably as we can.
So whenever I or my siblings asked my mom when my dad had his vacation week off every year, it was not because we wanted to travel anywhere but our desire for him to get some time to rest and do other things besides work. I used to envy all my friends at school who had the chance to travel to all the different places around the world, but looking back, I appreciate the time I got to spend with my parents in our small home, knowing that one day we can all travel together.
Where do you want to travel next?
If you are ready to make these Japanese Wagashi, let’s start baking!
Wagashi are traditional Japanese sweets that are usually enjoyed with tea. They come in different shapes and sizes with the main ingredient being sweetened azuki bean paste (anko). I shaped these into cherry blossom shapes with spring in the air, but you are welcome to leave it plainly or have fun with different shapes! You can store these with an airtight container for 2-3 days.