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Japan’s beautiful Mount Fuji chocolate cake lets you eat the mountain instead of climbing it【Photos】

A way to appreciate the majestic beauty of Japan’s highest mountain while staying warm, rested and full.

As much as I love living and traveling in Japan, I have to admit that I never really felt like climbing. Mount Fuji. I love hiking as much as anyone, but even during the summer climbing season it’s freezing at the top of Fuji, and there are few things in this world that my native Southern Californian body hates more than being cold.

However, that doesn’t mean I don’t like Mount Fuji. I simply choose to appreciate Japan’s highest mountain and most iconic national symbol in other ways, like looking at it from afar, and now there’s a new option: eating mount fuji.

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If this mouthwatering alpine dessert looks vaguely familiar—and not just because it resembles Mount Fuji—it could be because at the center of the candy in your brain’s memory banks are memories of Japanese chocolatiers. by shorakuen Yamagashi collection, which we first saw (and ate) in September. Combining the words yama (“mountain”) and bone/hair (“candy”), the Yamagashi line recreates real mountains from all over Japan, rendering their ridges and contours in painstaking detail with chocolate cream ganache, sponge cake, and special regional ingredients that reflect the actual locations of the mountains.

Initially, the Yamagashi alignment consisted of five mountains: Mt. Rishiri, Mt. Ontake Sakurajima, Mt. Yufu, Mt. Omuro, and Mt. Nishiyama. The absence of Mount Fuji always seemed strange, but it turns out there was a reason for it. After previously only being available through online sales and occasional pop-up shops, Shorakuen has just opened its first permanent shop/café, and the launch of Mount Fuji Yamagashi is part of the grand opening celebration..

Open since January 21, the Shorakuen Boutique and Tea Room Is found in Yoyogi-Uehara of Tokyo neighborhood, offering desserts, teas, and an elegant and whimsical setting in which to enjoy them.

So what will Mount Fuji taste like? The first thing to remember is that Shorakuen desserts want to not only capture the spirit of a mountain, but also the character of a particular season.. In the case of Mount Fuji Yamagashi, that station is springso Cherry blossoms are part of the package.

The inside of the cake is divided into layers, like geological strata, and the top one is made of ganache infused with savory sakura petals and strawberry. In the middle, a matcha sponge cake and sweet red bean azuki, and in the background a chocolate crunch enhanced with Shizuoka-grown green teathe prefecture that runs along the south side of Fuji.

In keeping with Mount Fuji’s status as Japan’s tallest mountain, its Yamagashi is slightly larger than the others, though at five centimeters (2 inches) high and 11.5 centimeters long, it’s still a little taller. smaller than his inspiration. In addition to the Shorakuen Tea Salon and Boutique, it is also available here through the Shorakuen online store, priced at 4,860 yen (US$38).

cafeteria information
Shorakuen Boutique and Tea Room
Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Motoyoyogicho 10-9
10-9 Motoyoyogi-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
open noon-7 pm
closed on Tuesdays
Website

Source, images: PR Times
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