#559 Raindrop Cake

Sometimes called water cake or raindrop cake – it’s a kind of clear mochi.

It’s called mizu shingen mochi in Japanese.

It’s made of agar, a gelatinous substance that comes from seaweed.


It’s delicate and needs to be eaten quickly or it will lose its texture.

It doesn’t have a strong taste so it is often eaten with kuromitsu and kinako.
(Remember the Haagen Dazs flavoured with them?)

Many people have taken advantage of this traditional sweet and making special ones for the tanabata festival with stars and kinako.

Tanabata is the festival every July 7th.
If you forgot what it is you can check out the previous post here.

If you want to try it yourself, check out a recipe here.


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