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Sakuramochi (桜餅) is a Japanese sweet consisting of sweet pink-colored rice cake (mochi) with a red bean paste (anko) center, and wrapped in a pickled cherry blossom (sakura) leaf. Different regions of Japan have different styles of sakuramochi. Kanto-style uses shiratama-ko (白玉粉, rice flour) to make the rice cake, and Kansai-style uses dōmyōji-ko (道明寺粉, glutinous rice flour). The sweet is traditionally eaten during the spring season, and especially on Girl's Day (hinamatsuri) and at flower viewing parties (hanami).

A rice cake filled with sweet bean paste and wrapped in a pickled cherry leaf,katori-city,japan.JPG
Sakuramochi (Tokyo-style)
Place of originJapan
Main ingredientsSweet pink-colored rice cake, red bean paste, pickled cherry blossom leaf
Other informationTraditionally consumed on Hinamatsuri and at Hanami
Kansai-style sakuramochi
Sakura mochi (A variation of Kansai style)
The interior of a sakuramochi, showing the red-bean paste inside.

The leaf may or may not be eaten, depending on individual preference.

Sakuramochi is typically eaten during the spring season only, and is especially eaten on Girl's Day, March 3, and in hanami settings.[1]

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