Sweets in Autumn Colours

Japan is famous for Autumn colours, particularly Momiji Japanese maple. Even in the UK, although it’s very wet these days, Autumn colours get deeper and more beautiful.

I made these Japanese sweets in Autumn colour for the private order. It is great that the teatime with a small Wagashi can brighten up the atmosphere even in dark rainy days.

I apologize that I haven’t been posting much on this blog for a while, but I have an announcement. A brand new Japanese Market will be starting in North London this month and Sakura Junction is going to participate in it.

Japan Market in Tottenham

🕰 the 13th November, 11am – 4pm
📍 Downhills Park Cafe (Downhills Park, London N17 6PD)

Many of your favourite Japanese food & items (include: sushi, curry, Japanese sweets, sake, vintage kimono, crafts and much more) will be there too.

*Please check on

JAPAN Market in Tottenham: Food & Craft Yatai-mura (Facebook)

@japan.market.tottenham (Instagram)

If you live nearby and are free on the day, please come to visit the market.

See you there!😘💕



🇺🇦 “Японці – з Україною. Ми вас підтримуємо.”

By wishing the invasion of Ukraine ends soon I made two sweets in the colours of the Ukrainian flag with a sunflower. I don’t know any Ukrainian language but have learnt that the lines above means

“Japanese stand with Ukraine. We support you.”

Hope our voice reaches to all the Ukrainian people. #PrayForUkraine 💙💛

Christmas Wagashi Sweets!

Just one week to go till Christmas! I know we live in uncertainty at the moment especially in the UK. However, how about having Japanese sweets with your family for this year’s Christmas? I know it will be difficult to gather with many friends but you can have a little cheerful time with your family by sharing these little festive sweets.

The four festive sweets have all different centre filling and are going to be in a box set.

The Wagashi members are

  • Father Christmas: Nerikiri with smooth Adzuki (red) bean paste filling
  • Rudolf: Mochi type with Sweet Chestnut filling
  • Snowman: Mochi type with Yuzu flavoured filling
  • Christmas Wreath: Nerikiri with Matcha flavoured filling

They are all Vegan and Gluten free.

The Christmas Wagashi Box are available to preorder from here now and you can collect it from the Havan Store (262 Kensington High St, London) between the 22nd- 24th December.

*PLEASE NOTE: This box set is for collection only!

Wagashi Workshop in London

Dear Wagashi Lovers,

Your long waiting is over! I am pleased to announce that the ‘Wagashi’ Japanese Sweets Making Workshop in London will be held next month. The theme of the workshop is “Autumn Colour” and we are going to make ‘Momiji’ Japanese maple, Ginkgo leaf and Chrysanthemum. All the sweets we will make are vegan and gluten free.

Although it will be held at our usual venue, the Havan Store, because of the concern regarding the pandemic, this time we’ll have two sessions of a smaller class with a limited number of participants.

Wagashi Making Workshop in Autumn

  • Date: the 13th November (Saturday)
  • Time: 11:30 – 13:00 / 14:45  – 16:15

The ticket sales have just started. For getting your seat could you please visit:


Hope to see you there.

It’s a Watermelon indeed!

In the previous post, I introduced my Mochi Watermelon. It’s a Mochi-type Japanese sweet which looks like a Watermelon on a tiny scale. So on this post, I’d like to show you what the inside of the sweet looks like.

The inside of Mochi Watermelon

So this is what the inside of the sweet looks like.

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Mochi Watermelon in London

I have been creating several Japanese sweets with summer fruits. They are mochi with nectarines, coconut & pineapple etc and the newest version are these ones in the photo. It’s Mochi Watermelon.

Mochi Watermelon

They are Mochi type sweets in the shape of Watermelons. The centre filling was made with plenty of watermelon juice so it is not just the shape that the sweet is like a watermelon, but the flavour is the real too. For the fruit seeds I added some black sesame seeds inside. I was a little sceptical for adding coarse ingredient into a smooth sweet, however, it was a big delight to find out the little crunch of sesame seeds gives a great texture in your mouth.

These sweets are Vegan and Gluten free.

These Mochi Watermelons are one of the Japanese sweets available for you at the Havan Store (262 Kensington High St, London) weekends now with pre-order. Another available sweets are Matcha Strawberry Mochi Daifuku and Coconut & Pineapple Mochi.