Sweet Shop Reimagines Traditional Japanese Dessert as Sparkling Milky Way Bites

Milky Way Wagashi by Ōmiya

Every year, the people of Japan celebrate Tanabata (aka Star Festival), an event originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It commemorates the meeting of Japanese celestial deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, represented by the stars Altair and Vega. According to legend, the Milky Way separates these star-crossed lovers, and they’re only allowed to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month (July 7th). This festive occasion usually includes delicious traditional treats like yōkan—a thick, jellied dessert made of red bean paste, agar, and sugar. A Toyota-based Japanese sweet shop called Ōmiya decided to reimagine the customary sweets by creating a dazzling Milky Way-inspired version.

Ōmiya specialize in wagashi, a type of traditional Japanese confection that is made with plant-based ingredients (yōkan is a type of wagashi). The sweet shop’s Tanabata-inspired, lemon-flavored jelly, called Ama no Gawa (Milky Way), features a beautiful blue and purple translucent gradient and specks of edible gold and glitter. The eye-catching treat looks just like a little slice of the star-studded galaxy!

“Done in kingyoku style and flavored with lemon juice, we created a rendition of the Milky Way that can fit into the cusp of your palm,” say Ōmiya (translated from Japanese). “We used multiple colors to imitate the heavenly clouds. First, be sure to enjoy the gorgeous colors with your eyes, and then lastly, enjoy the subtle taste of lemon representing Orihime and Hikoboshi’s bittersweet love with your mouth.”

Check out the magical Milky Way jelly below, plus more of the shop’s sweet creations.

A Japanese sweet shop called Ōmiya created this dazzling Milky Way-inspired yōkan(a traditional Japanese sweet).

Milky Way Wagashi by Ōmiya

It was made to celebrate Tanabata (aka Star Festival), an event that commemorates the meeting of Japanese celestial deities Orihime and Hikoboshi.

Space-Inspored Japanese Dessert by Ōmiya

Space-Inspored Japanese Dessert by Ōmiya

Here's more from Ōmiya's mouth-watering collection of sweet treats.

Want to know more about the art of making wagashi? Watch one of Ōmiya's chefs in action.

Ōmiya: Twitter | YouTube
h/t: [SoraNews24]

All images via Ōmiya.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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