Miyagegashi, also Miyagekashi (土産菓子, literally "souvenir sweet"), refers to a sweet made with the purpose of selling it as a souvenir. As with most other Japanese souvenirs (omiyage), the typical miyagegashi is a regional specialty (meibutsu) and cannot be bought outside its specific geographic area. The making and selling of omiyagegashi is an important part of Japan's omiyage (souvenir) industry.
List of miyagegashi
- Available everywhere
- Castella (カステラ, Kasutera) , a sponge cake made of sugar, flour, eggs, and starch syrup. Castella was brought to Japan by Portuguese merchants in the 16th century. The name is derived from Portuguese Pão de Castela, meaning "bread from Castile". Castella cake is usually sold in long boxes, with the cake inside being approximately 27 cm long.
- Shiome manju - Akō
- Ikinari dango
- Yatsuhashi (八ツ橋 or 八橋), one of the region's best known meibutsu. It is made from glutinous rice flour (上新粉, jōshinko), sugar and cinnamon. Baked, it is similar to senbei. Raw, unbaked yatsuhashi (Nama yatsuhashi) has a soft, mochi-like texture and is often eaten wrapped around red bean paste (餡, an), and may come in a variety of different flavours.
- Tokyo Banana (東京ばな奈) (also written "東京バナナ" and "東京ばなな" with the same pronunciation), which is manufactured and sold by Grapestone Co.. The individually wrapped steamed sponge cake filled with a sweet banana custard went on sale in 1991 and is massively popular.
- Bunmeidou History of Castella Archived June 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Simakis, Suki-Rose (2017-08-25). "Why You Must Bring Home a Tokyo Banana to Your Loved Ones". Fodor's Travel.