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Kinkato- a Sugar Confectionary Heralds the Arrival of Spring

Kinkato is a traditional sugar confection in Kanazawa which is used to portray ornamental dolls around the time of the Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival or Girls’ Festival) on March 3, when people pray for the happiness and healthy growth of girls. It imitates the rich bounty of the sea and mountains, the vibrant colors of which signal the arrival of spring.

Kinkato began to be produced during the Edo period in Japan, inspired by European sweets which had arrived at Nagasaki, although there are several theories about its origin. In Kanazawa, it incorporated unique designs and styles and were used mainly as special gifts. Now this confection is made in almost only Kanazawa and Nagasaki.

To make Kinkato, pour thick syrup into a wooden mold, wait until it cools and hardens, and then apply some colors to enhance the appeal of the original white. This lovely confection will make a great souvenir for your family or friends. Don’t forget to tell them they can eat it as it is, or also use it for cooking!