Wagashi is a traditional Japanese confectionery. The main ingredients of wagashi are sweet red bean paste, rice flour, agar, and sugar. It is not only pleasant to the eyes but reflects the seasons or represents objects that are believed to bring good luck.
For example, these cakes represent ume blossoms. Ume is a symbol of the beginning of spring and good luck. Red and white are also considered as auspicious colors.
Edamame is young soybeans which are still in their pods. Unlike mature soybeans, they are moist and soft. Edamame beans are salt-boiled or steamed and served as an appetizer or a snack. Many Japanese like to eat them with beer. They are not only tasty but also nutritious.