Wagashi (和菓子) are Japanese traditional sweets.
There are many kinds of Wagashi, among which “Daifuku” is very famous.
Here follows a brief history about Daifuku in Japan.
In the late 16th century, it was common for people to eat rice cakes with salty Anko (red bean paste) filling.
In 1771, a Japanese woman began selling rice cakes with sweet Anko filling under the name of Daifuku.
Since then many stores started selling Daifuku. And the Daifuku also evolved from there, with some stores starting to sell baked Daifuku.
Since sugar at that time was a luxury item, Daifuku with salty Anko filling was also widely sold.
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