I found a really interesting confectionery.
“Amo karuta” is a Japanese confectionary that was released a few years ago by Kano Syojuan.
A sweet jelly called “Amo” is sandwiched between two wafers.
A Waka poem and a figure of a poet are pictured on one pair of wafers.
When I saw it, it was love at first sight.
There are 25 different pictures in total.
It is a very artistic confectionery.
It is designed in the motif of a traditional Japanese picture card game called, “Karuta”.
So, Amo Karuta looks like a real picture card of Karuta.
Karuta is a card game based on an anthology of 100 poems by 100 different poets.
That anthology is called, “Ogura Hyakunin Isshu”.
It was edited in the 13th century by FUJIWARA no Teika.
Those 100 poets are the representative poets from the 7th century to the 13th century.
It is said that Karuta became popular among ordinary citizens in the 17th century. They learned Waka poems through Karuta.
Karuta is still made even today, so we can buy easily.
By the way, I have never played Karuta, but I know the 100 poems by heart from beginning to end.
Amo Karuta is not only beautiful but also delicious.
A soft rice cake is in a sweet jelly made from Azuki beans.
It is the perfect combination.
In addition, a crispy wafer accents the jelly’s texture.
I feel that Amo Karuta goes well with green tea.
If you like Ogura Hyakunin Isshu or Waka poems, Amo Karuta will make your tea time more enjoyable.
Actually, when I saw the beautiful wafer, I found myself humming the Waka poem written on it.
Amo Karuta is really interesting confectionery.