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The Japan Times: If Okinawans are quick to assert their cuisine has little in common with the mai…

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If Okinawans are quick to assert their cuisine has little in common with the mainland Japanese table, the same can be said of their confectionery. Masae Arakaki, owner of the shop Arakaki Kashiten, and a direct descendant of the the kingdom’s last royal chef, maintains that “Ryukyu-kashi (Okinawan confectionery) is the fruit of a Ryukyu Kingdom aesthetic taste.” Typifying these tastes are “chiirunkō,” a fluffy, steamed cake sprinkled with peanuts; “chinbin,” rolled crepes made with “kokutō” (brown sugar); “chinsukō,” a popular shortbread cookie made from wheat flour, sugar and lard; and “kippan,” a sweet made with “kunenbo,” a citrus fruit similar to a Satsuma orange, and coated in liquid sugar. Read the full story on The Japan Times online. (Stephen Mansfield photos)
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