Gohei Mochi in the Edo era
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Gohei Mochi in the Edo era

The history of a Japanese Rice cake dessert

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This book discuss life in Edo Japan (1603 - 1868) by exploring the recipe of a traditional dessert.

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Hans O. Karlsson
Hans O. Karlsson

Old Japan Hand and VR techno nerd in Japan. Writer, producer, CTO of Mimir - a VR company.

Table of Contents

  • About this book
  • The birthplace of the Gohei mochi
  • What is Gohei mochi anyway?
  • The characteristics of the Gohei mochi
    • The taste
    • How to make the Gohei mochi
  • The Gohei mochi heartland
  • The origins of Gohei mochi
    • A Sweet for the gods?
    • A forestry worker’s lunch?
    • Was it named after someone called “Gohei?”
  • Peasants were always on the brink of starvation, weren’t they?
  • What city folk and peasants ate in the Edo era
  • The ingredients of Gohei mochi in historical context
    • Rice: the main ingredient
    • Cane sugar
    • Sake
    • Umami
  • In Conclusion
  • Appendix: Gohei mochi in Tajimi
    • Gohei mochiya
    • Eihoji Annaijō
    • Sakura Gohei
  • Images
    • Cover image
  • Notes

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