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Nenbo Sweet Shop (年宝菓子屋)

January 22, 2018



Nenbo, traditional sweet shop founded in Showa 21 (1946)


Isohama-cho 673, Oarai-machi, Higashiibaraki-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture 311-1301/茨城県東茨城郡大洗町磯浜町673番地  311-1301



If you're looking for something sweet to eat in Oarai, this family-run sweet shop located on one of Oarai's main shoppoing streets is the place for you. The shop has a retro feel with Showa-era decorations and a wide selection of ame, traditional hard sweets. Nenbo is also known for karume-yaki


Karume-yaki - a sweet with a surprising history

Nenbo specialises in karume-yaki, a sweet made using sugar, water and bicarbonate of soda. The name karume-yaki comes from the Japanese word yaki meaning to bake or grill and the Portuguese word karume meaning 'sweet thing'. Karume-yaki was introduced to Japan from Portugal around the second half of the 16th century and rapidly spread throughout Japan thanks to the trend of having a sweet as part of tea ceremony, and the continued importation of sugar during Japan's period of isolation. 




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