🍑I Heart Revolution Chocolate and Peaches Palette Review ðŸ‘

Chocolate is delicious and makes you happy. Peaches are sweet and adorable. When you combine the two, you get the Chocolate and Peaches palette by I Heart Revolution!

I bought this palette when I realised that I’m missing some peachy eyeshadows. At only £8, I decided that it was certainly a good price for 16 different shades. Besides, I loved the brand since its early days. I was visiting friends in London at the time, and discovered the brand when I visited a drugstore there. Makeup Revolution products weren’t available in Poland yet. Was it worth it? Let’s see.

The IHR chocolate palettes started as dupes of the popular Too Faced ones. This particular palette is a dupe of the famous Too Faced Sweet Peach one. As the IHR versions became very popular, completely original ones started being made. Now, there are so many different variants, I really can’t keep up with them all. There are also other products based on the iconic packaging, like highlighters.

The packaging of the palette is simple and adorable- it’s no wonder that the half-melted chocolate bar design became so popular. The only downside is that it might cause chocolate cravings. The colour also gets my seal of approval- it’s soft, peachy and very summery.

There are 16 shades. Although the palette is very similar to its inspiration, it’s not an exact dupe- two shades are missing and the remaining ones are a bit different. There is a myriad of colours from soft cream through peaches to browns. Perfect for cute and soft make-up looks, more on the natural side, but not only- there is a big contrast between the darkest and lightest shades. The packaging comes with a mirror, making it very convenient. There is also a double-ended sponge applicator. I personally don’t mind them, but I know that some believe they belong in the 00s. Either way, nothing is stopping you from applying the eyeshadow however you want. Sponge applicators have other uses, too.

A downside is the fact that the shade names are written on a plastic sheet. It’s quite annoying, so I threw it away at the start. I took a photo and labelled each shade for the needs of this review, and the use of anyone with this palette. The shade names are really cute and match the colours well.

Now, time to see how well the shadows actually work. All swatches were made with my finger, with one sweep.

From left to right: Delicious, Fruit, Soft, Choc, Delight

Delicious is a matte white shade, with a touch of a peach tone. Although in the pan it’s more cream-coloured, on the skin it’s almost pure white. It’s perfect as a base shade.

Fruit is a shimmery gold shade with a bit of pink, making it a subtle rose gold.

Soft is a shimmery, slightly peachy bright pink.

Choc is a shimmery golden-brown with a bit of olive tones.

Delight is a subtly shimmery dark brown.

From left to right: Sweet, Candy, Rich, Peach, Taste, Nice

Sweet is a pearly shade quite similar to Delicious. Although in the pan it’s rather yellow, on the skin it’s more white with a subtle yellow tone.

Candy is quite similar to Fruit, but it’s darker and has more pink, making it a more defined rose gold.

Rich is a shimmery, chocolate-like medium brown. It has a very subtle peachy tone.

Peach is a matte, intense peachy pink, achieved thanks to the orange undertones.

Taste is a shimmery dark brown with lovely purple-red tones.

Nice is a slightly shimmery dark blue with a bit of purple and brown. Although I think this shade is the odd one out, it’s still quite interesting.

From left to right: Lush, Fine, Luscious, Keen, Satisfy

Lush is a matte light brown, with a bit of pink.

Fine is a matte, pure medium brown. Just like milk chocolate.

Luscious is a matte medium brown, with red hints giving it a warm tone.

Keen is also a matte medium/dark brown, but cooler than the previous two.

Satisfy is another base shade- a matte cream colour. It’s darker and more peachy/yellow than Delicious.

As you can see, the shades are very nicely pigmented.

Now, let’s see how they do when put to use. Here is a make-up look using only the palette.

Upper: shortly after applying

Lower: just before removing, after a few hours

As you can see, they hold up rather well! I’d put down the shade names I used, but I forgot to write them down…

Well, that will be all! I hope that you enjoyed reading this review and perhaps that it’ll help you.

Have a lovely day!

~roseteamacaron~

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👘How to tie a hanhaba obi for yukata- chōchō musubi👘

Now that I have made a post about putting on yukata, a post about tying the obi is essential. Today I will cover the most popular obi knot for yukata- the bow-shaped butterfly knot. It’s very simple to do!

Step one

Fold the obi in half, so that it is half as wide. Put it over your shoulder (I’m left-handed and I put it over my right shoulder, I don’t know if right-handers do it differently), so that around 15cm are hanging off the back.

Step two

At your waist, unfold the obi, so that the part going from the waist to the shoulder is folded. Wrap the unfolded part around your waist twice. Pull tight!

Step three

Drop the folded part to the front. Make a knot- short end over long end, this is very important!

Step four

Take the long end and measure out a length that is around the width of your shoulders. Now, using this length, fold the long end three times. Basically, you’re folding it in on itself.

Step five

This step is like making a bow out of fabric. Take the folded long end and make two mountain folds in the middle.

Step six

Take the short end and wrap it around the narrowest part of the bow part, going above the bow, and then pull it through between the two layers of the obi wrapped around your waist.

Step seven

Left-over fabric will be behind the bow. Pull it tight, then tuck the excess behind the obi. If the part is long enough, you can wrap it around the bow again before tucking it in. If its length is somewhere in between, you can fold it in half before tucking.

Step eight

Grab the bow with your right hand, and the rest of the obi (the waist part) with your left hand. Carefully twist it to be back, FOLLOWING THE DIRECTION OF THE COLLAR, so clockwise (to the right).

Now you’re done!

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Hopefully it’ll help you to tie a hanhaba obi and introduce you to more complex obi knots.

Have a lovely day!

~roseteamacaron~

👘how to put on a yukata👘

A yukata is the most casual and easy to wear type of kimono. It’s usually made from a single layer of cotton, making it very lightweight. The general construction is the same as any other type of kimono, but the way of wearing a yukata is different. They are usually worn with no collars underneath, a hanhaba (half-width) obi, with its own unique set of knots, and wooden geta without socks. Although that is the standard way of wearing yukata, they can be played around with or even dressed up. They come in a myriad of patterns and colours, from bright and busy ones to subdued motifs and modest colours. Most yukata are made in factories in large amounts, making them easily accessible. They can be found new for very affordable prices. On top of that, many fashion brands in Japan, like Angelic Pretty or the more mainstream Uniqlo, release their own yukata.

Yukata are mostly worn in the summer, due to their light weight, although calling them “summer kimono” isn’t exactly accurate. This is because other, more formal types of kimono, have their summer versions, made from lightweight and sometimes very sheer fabrics with no lining. However, those fabrics aren’t cotton, and the motif placement makes them different from yukata. The accessories worn with them also differ, although sometimes yukata are worn almost like other kimono types, too. A notable example are the maiko and geiko of Kyoto, and geisha from other cities also. However, they’re still yukata.

Although mostly seen at Japanese summer festivals, yukata can also be worn for summertime walks and relaxing at home. Traditional hotels, ryōkan, provide guests with them too. In this post, I will explain how to put on a yukata yourself. This will be helpful if you have a Japanese event coming up, bought a yukata, but don’t know how to put it on. It’s also a good starting point and introduction to the art of kimono dressing, kitsuke. So, if you are interested in kimono, putting on a yukata is the best place to start.

Without any more talking, let’s start!

Underwear

Under a yukata, very simple underwear is enough. A tank top and leggings will do.

Step one- drape

Drape the yukata over your shoulders, and put your arms through the sleeves.

Step two- adjust

Kimono are made to fit a wide range of sizes, so they must be adjusted to the wearer’s height. Grab the lower part of the kimono, and raise it so that it reaches just above your ankles.

Step two- wrap

Keep holding the kimono at the proper length.

Take the RIGHT side of the lower part (the “skirt” of the kimono), and wrap it. Ensure that the silhouette is straight. Hold it in place.

Step three- wrap again

Do the same with the left side of the kimono. Take a himo, and tie it between your hips and waist. The correct way of tying them to ensure that they stay on is wrapping around twice and tying.

Step four- ohashori

Now, we will make the fold that is created from the excess fabric from adjusting the yukata to your height. Put your hands into the excess fabric, and smooth it out, covering the himo.

Step five- collars

Now, time to sort out the collars. Double check if they will cross left over right, and cross them over. Put your hands through and smooth them out, then secure with a himo.

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That’s it! Now, you just have to tie the hanhaba obi. Of course, a tutorial for that will come out very soon.

Are you planning on wearing a yukata? Let me know in the comments!

~roseteamacaron~

Everything wrong with Kim Kardashian’s â€œKimono”

Although I couldn’t care less about the Kardashian family, it has been brought to my attention through the kimono/wafuku community that Kim Kardashian has launched a new brand- to be more precise, a line of underwear (shapewear) called “kimono”. Except that it has nothing to do with Japanese traditional clothing.

I don’t want to come off as a radical SJW, but some issues really are important. This is especially hurtful, as I am someone who wears kimono quite frequently and collects them.

Perhaps you are wondering- why is this wrong? How can a simple product name be harmful? Turns out that it’s powerful. Especially since Kim has 142 million followers, and so impacts many, many people.

It’s not that underwear has nothing to do with kimono whatsoever. To achieve the correct silhouette, many will use padding and special underwear. There are also layers that go under the kimono, but those are closer to the kimono itself than the lowermost layer. Here is where the first problem arises. Kim describes her product like this-  “celebrates and enhances the shape and curves of women”. The ideal silhouette of real kimono is a cylinder. Curves are supposed to be hidden. Kim’s brand creates the image that kimono = curves, and this is what people who don’t know much about the topic will associate them with. Not to mention that kimono are very modest, covering almost the whole body.

Spot the curves.

Not to mention that the name is blatantly disrespectful, because it takes the focus away from real kimono. Most kimono are unique, handmade, made from fine materials by very skilled artists, who are dwindling in number. They have a tradition and history spamming many centuries. Kimono are wearable pieces of art. Many have long histories- there are lots of pieces that are even 200 years old, hence being heirlooms and sentimental items. They are also relatively misunderstood- if you went out and asked, say, the first ten people you saw what a kimono is, how many will have more than a vague idea? What deserves more appreciation- a beautiful and unique tradition, or a brand of rather generic underwear mass-produced in a factory?

The internet is powerful. There are many social media profiles and blogs that I’ll link to later spreading the tradition of real kimono. Now it just seems that the hard work of those people is being pushed to the background and overshadowed by Kim’s massive influence and power. The word “kimono” is at risk of no longer being associated with what it really is.

Many people don’t understand the difference between appreciation and appropriation. Appreciation is respecting an element of a given culture, and having and gaining knowledge about it. Anyone can wear a kimono if they do it correctly and respectfully.

Appropriation is what Kim is doing. Using the name “kimono” for a brand that has nothing to do with it. Using it for her financial gain. What world do we live in, where greed is more important than culture? Perhaps this situation is a reflection of the state of society. A warning. A world where blatant and empty things are more respected than true art. Kardashian filed for trademarks of the word itself and several combinations using it, like “Kimono World”, which could even stop Japanese companies from using it in the USA. The domain kimono.com belongs to her. The word “kimono” is a Japanese word. It rightfully belongs to Japan, and Kim has no right to steal it.

What about the views of Japanese people? Japanese culture isn’t complete without kimono. Although fewer people wear them regularly, and only a very small group wears them every day, pretty much every Japanese person has worn one at least once. People, for who kimono isn’t a hobby, often wear them for occasions like weddings, funerals, graduations. It’s clear that the word is of great cultural significance.

I looked on the Internet for the opinions of Japanese people on the topic. First, I’ll quote some of them in English.

@bunkaiwa on Twitter: “I feel very sad that the name “Kimono” is being used to something completely different from what we Japanese know about it. Kimono is Japanese traditional clothes and we are very proud of its history and culture. I’m sorry but I feel this name choice is simply ignorant.

@kasumihrkw on Twitter: “Wow, @KimKardashian.
Thanks for BUTCHERING Japanese culture!!! My culture is not your plaything.
You don’t have any respect for people who are not your family, do you?
In the 15 yrs developing this project, couldn’t you find a cultural advisor?

@hey2m on Twitter: “We welcome foreigners who respect, try, arrange and enjoy our culture. However, the name for our traditional clothes ‘Kimono’ does not mean underwear nor your tool for making money. I suggest you reconsider about it.

@yukokato1701 on Twitter: “Nice underwear, but as a Japanese woman who loves to wear our traditional dress, kimono, I find the naming of your products baffling (since it has no resemblance to kimono), if not outright culturally offensive, especially if it’s merely a word play on your name. Pls reconsider

@misakohi on Twitter: “I’d like Kim to imagine how she’d feel if someone treated her wedding, prom or baptism dresses as lingerie.
“Kimono” are not just clothes but are a symbol that evokes precious memories and important life events.

I also searched around for some Japanese opinions, and translated as much as possible. Since I’m currently around halfway through studying for the JLPT N3, the translations are a bit rough, I used translations to help in some parts.

@ayano_f on Twitter: “着物は下着ではありません。あの下着の良し悪しは関係なく、文化盗用して民族衣装を製品名にするだなんてもってのほかです。断固反対!!!!!!

Translation: “Kimono are not underwear. Regardless of whether that underwear is good or bad, it is cultural plagiarism and is something other than using a folk costume as a product name. Firm opposition! ”

@Akifumi_west on Twitter:

もうすでにインスタの #kimono で最初に出てくる画像はこれですよ。キムカーダシアン嫌いじゃないし、下着自体も美しいと思う。

でも自分の商売のために他国の文化を踏み潰しても構わないなんて姿勢には怒りしか感じないや”

(Attached image of the kimono hashtag on Instagram, with Kim’s kimono being the first image).

Translation: “This is already the first image to appear on Insta’s kimono (hashtag). I don’t hate Kim Kardashian, and I think that the underwear is beautiful. But stepping on my culture for business makes me feel anger.”

@PHOTOGABA on Twitter;

キム・カーダシアンのボディファンデーション(下着)が話題になってますね。その名も『KIMONO』。様々な意見が飛び交ってますね。
キムのKIMONOに負けないくらい、本物の日本のKIMONO(着物)を世界に僕らが発信してけばいいってことよ!

Translation: “Kim Kardashian’s underwear is becoming a topic of discussion, isn’t it? The name of it is “kimono”. There are various opinions. I hope that we can send real Japanese kimono around the world as much as Kim’s kimono.” (I read that last part literally as “will not lose to Kim’s kimono”, but I ran it through a translator and the different phrasing seemed better).

I would also like to link to a few pages and blogs centred on authentic kimono. If you would like to learn about them, and are interested, or perhaps would like to take kimono up as a hobby yourself, they are a great place to visit.

Blogs

Salz Tokyo

Kimono Tsuki

Kimono Seikatsu

Strawberry Kimono

Onokimono

Instagram Profiles

There are countless Instagram profiles about kimono, this is only a small number.

  • kimono_tsubaki
  • kimonousagiya
  • kimonoteka
  • kimono_aoki
  • ayaayaskimono
  • kimono_mon

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I have been planning posts about kimono and my collection for a while. Now is a perfect time to start working on them. Regardless of the size of my blog, I believe that words are powerful. Speaking out about an issue has potential , and I want to do more of that on my blog on various topics.

💄review: eBay flower lipstick💄

Hello! 💕

Today I’ll be doing a review of something I wanted to own for a while, but got pushed to the back of my mind, and only recently could buy- those jelly lipsticks with flowers inside them, that were all over social media a while back.

The flower lipsticks were created by the Chinese brand Kailijumei. They are transparent, infused with specks of gold, and the main focus- a tiny flower. They really are beautiful. The fun part is the fact that they change colour depending on your temperature and pH!

Of course, popular designs spawn many variations and dupes. The lipstick I have is one of them. The packaging is different (and, in my opinion, much prettier), but the main attractions- the flower and colour changing, are there. It was also much, much cheaper- like $2 from eBay. Variants of the lipsticks can be found from different brands to suit different tastes and budgets.

Click here for the one I bought.

There were quite a lot of colours to choose from. I went for a subtle pink. The box that the lipstick came in isn’t too impressive, but that’s okay.

It’s what’s inside that counts- this beautiful, fancy pink and gold tube is gorgeous- it doesn’t look like a 2$ lipstick at all.

Now… the lipstick itself. It has a gorgeous flower inside, though I’m not sure if it’s a real one. Regardless, it’s very pretty and dainty. It looks like a tiny daisy or chrysanthemum. One thing that I noticed was the smell- it’s lovely! It’s sweet yet subtle. The specks of gold are there, but they’re very small and hard to see.

Here is a swatch on my hand. The colour is a subtle pink- it’s more of a lip tint, but that’s no surprise considering the transparency of the lipstick. I’ve been wanting to get a lip tint for a while, after all.

Here is a before and after comparison photo. As you can see, the colour is very subtle. Though I like it. It also glides on very smoothly- the lipstick is extremely moisturising. After wiping the swatch, I realised that some of the colour stays on. So, this lipstick is quite long-lasting.

Here is how the lipstick looks overall.

It’s subtle, but noticeable enough to make a difference. Perfect for more natural looks or balancing out bolder eye make-up.

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Packaging ★★★★1/2

Product ★★★★★

Price ★★★★★

Overall: 9.5/10

Well, hopefully you found this tutorial interesting and helpful! Have you ever tried a variant of those famous lipsticks? Would you like to? Let me know in the comments, and…

Have a lovely day!

~roseteamacaron~

☀️ summer 2019 lookbook â˜€ï¸

Hello ☀️

In the blink of an eye, the slight warmth and rainy days of spring have given way to bright sunlight and hot weather. The honey-scented dangling blooms of acacia, bright red poppies and roses in a myriad of colours and scents please the eye and are a sign of the season that is just right around the corner. Although the unbearable heat exhausts me, and I must walk around in the sun with an umbrella, I still have a huge sentiment to this season. I love the cool evenings, fresh mornings, bright flowers- like hydrangeas, with their showy pastel bouquets, and bright blue cornflowers, and the sweet smell of linden. I love the freedom and relative carefreeness, eating ice-cream and drinking the coldest drinks I could find in an attempt to cool off. I love the scent of tall grasses and wild flowers, the gentle breeze of the riverside, and going out more often than during the rest of the year. I also love the clothes- light, comfortable and floaty. This is the season when clothes must be as helpful in dealing with the heat as possible- floaty and loose. With that in mind, I have put together five cute outfits perfect for wearing in the summer.

Outfit 1: Juicy Cherry 🍒

After a spectacular blooming period, summer is when cherries transform from small, hard, green balls into plump, bright red fruits, standing out against a background of lush green leaves. Gingham is a pattern that I will always associate with the summer and an 1800s tranquil countryside setting. For some reason, I associate red gingham with cherries. That association is the concept of the outfit- the idea is made clear with the adorable cherry hair clip, complete with rich green leaves and a cute pink ribbon. The necklace also has a very dainty tiny cherry charm. The red gingham top, being the centrepiece of the outfit, is complimented by a simple white skirt. It has a loose, floaty look, creating a carefree atmosphere, and the lace trim is a cute detail. My go-to pearl bracelet adds an elegant touch. As for shoes, I decided that my trusty tea parties would be a good match. Since they’re white, they are harmonious with the outfit, and their elegant and cute appearance beautifully matches the atmosphere I am going for. The lace socks strengthen the vibe further, overall creating an outfit that conveys nostalgia and creates the image of a warm summer day, being surrounded by nothing but the lush green of nature and a bright rainbow of flowers, and the sound of joyful birds singing, accompanied by the rush of the river.

Outfit 2: Sky Sailor 🌊

You can never have too many nautical themes. Especially in the summer- isn’t a long strip of golden sand dotted with unique shells bordering with fascinating deep blue waters that seemingly stretch infinitely an allegorical image of summer? The cooling breeze, powerful waves creating soothing sounds, comforting sound of seagulls, the smell of the seawater, home to many unique creatures, and full of mysteries- it’s no surprise that the sea has always been an inspiration in many areas. This outfit is rather simple, and the allusion to the sea might not be immediately visible. The centrepiece of this outfit is the light blue top, creating the image of a clear summer sky and the sea. The sailor collar is what gives this outfit the nautical theme. I like how this sailor collar is subtle and elegant, since I love this type of collar, but I don’t want it to look like an anime cosplay or schoolgirl uniform, since that’s not really my thing. The delicate lace trim and elegant ribbon gives this outfit a nice charm. I complimented the top with a loose and floaty white skirt, like the gentle waves, and fluffy clouds. I paired the outfit with matching accessories- a cute blue head bow, and rather subtle jewellery choices- I went for cute, small earrings with hints of blue, and two bracelets- a pearl one (pearls come from the sea, after all) and a light blue one. Because of the collar, I decided to skip the necklace. As for shoes, those light blue converse are very comfortable to wear in hot weather, and the lace socks are cute and versatile.

Outfit 3: Dreamy Ice-cream 🍦

One of the best ways to cool off in the hot weather is eating ice-cream. This cold treat is so varied and versatile that it’s almost impossible not to love. There are classic, milky variants, fruity sorbets, cones, sticks and bowls, and a huge variety of interesting flavours to suit every taste. The amount of additions is limited only by the imagination, meaning that ice-cream will never be boring. Have you ever gone a summer without eating it at least once? The centrepiece of this outfit is a beautiful BoBon21 dress with a gorgeous and delicate print featuring refined, elegant-looking ice-cream. It’s so lovely on its own, with the print and cute details, that I decided to use subtler accessories. My signature pearl bracelet compliments the elegant vibe of the dress, the necklace has a very dainty ice-cream charm to match, and the earrings are a handmade pair that I like to wear with many outfits- the elegant dangling beads are rather versatile. As for headwear, I went for an usagi hairband, that softens the elegant look a bit, adding a playful and casual element. Finally, I decided to go for ballet flats- I love them. They are versatile, simple and comfortable.

Outfit 4: Sweet Strawberries 🍓

Strawberries are yet another thing that I can’t imagine my summers without. It’s only logical that I’d make an outfit centred around them. Similarly to the cherry outfit, I went for a country vibe. The adorable and fairly busy print is paired with a plain white blouse made of a thin and lightweight material, complete with lovely and small ruffle details. I paired the outfit with matching handmade polymer clay strawberry jewellery- a necklace and bracelet set. As for earrings, I used a very subtle pair with red elements on a golden background. The shoes and lace socks are an obvious choice, and the straw hat completes the country look.

Outfit 5: Dreamy Hydrangea 💐

Around the middle of June, summer announces its official arrival in a beautiful way- showy pastel bouquets start appearing, harmonious with the dark green, lush leaves. The gorgeous flowers come in many colours, with my favourites being blends of pale pink, baby blue and lilac. Their washy colours make me think of the rain that often appears in the early summer due to the sudden weather changes. I decided to reflect in this outfit my personal relationship with those stunning flowers, without directly referencing them. The main piece is a light blue dress, in one of the colours that hydrangeas come in. The material is gorgeous and floaty, creating a dreamy feeling. Through the beautiful pink and white flower earrings and pink bracelet, as well as the pink star hair clip, I referenced the pink flowers. The blue necklace, bracelet and shoes finish off the outfit complimenting the dress, and the socks don’t really need explaining.

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Well, that’s all for my summer 2019 lookbook! I hope that you enjoyed it, and that it has inspired you. Have a lovely summer! 💕😊☀️

~roseteamacaron~

🍓 ichigo daifuku recipe 🍓 *no microwave, stovetop method*

Hello 🍓

It’s that time of year- stalls selling rustic wooden baskets of fresh, seasonal strawberries have appeared on many streets, meaning that Summer has begun, and those sweet red fruits make their way into many different foods and beverages. One of them is a traditional Japanese sweet called ichigo daifuku.

The word daifuku (大福) means “great luck”. It is a round glutinous rice cake (mochi) with a filling. Mochi flavours and fillings are limited only by the imagination, and countless variants exist, including seasonal ones. The classic daifuku is a plain sweet mochi shell, that has a unique, chewy texture and sweet taste, with a filling of sweet red bean paste (anko), made from the Japanese adzuki bean. It has a unique, nutty flavour. Other ingredients and fillings include mugwort, ice-cream, white bean paste (shiro-an), coffee, ume (Japanese apricot), matcha (green tea), yuzu (a bitter Japanese citrus), chocolate, crème caramel, unsweetened bean paste, and many more.

Where did daifuku come from? The original name of them, in the early Edo period, was habutai mochi (腹太持), which translates to “belly thick mochi”- this name results from the shape and filling. It could also refer to the fact that after eating, it can keep one full for a long time. The name later turned into daifuku- 大腹, which means “big belly”. Japanese is a language full of homonyms, due to its syllabic nature, and many kanji (ideograms of Chinese origin) have the same readings. For instance, 花 (flower) and é¼» (nose) can be both read as “hana”. This allows for wordplay, as was the case with daifuku. The kanji for belly (腹) and luck (福) can both be read as “fuku”. That way, the name was changed to daifuku, written as 大福. Although it sounds the same, it is semantically different. Because of the auspicious name, they gained popularity. By the end of the 18th century, they were also eaten toasted. They were also common gifts for special occasions. Due to their simplicity, variety, texture and taste, they have become extremely popular, and now are one of the most recognisable Japanese sweets.

Ichigo daifuku originated in the 80’s. Its exact origin is unknown, because many shops claim to have created it.

Ichigo daifuku consists of a white or pink mochi shell with a strawberry filling. Traditionally, the strawberry is wrapped in anko (sweet red bean paste). However, the anko can be replaced with cream, chocolate or omitted completely.

Making daifuku is rather straightforward, but there is one important ingredient that I introduced in my dango recipe- glutinous rice flour. For this recipe, anything labelled “glutinous rice flour” or “sweet rice flour” will do the job. This special ingredient can easily be found in international, Asian and Japanese food shops, so check if you have one if your city- it’s rather likely that there’s at least one. It has also been popping up in some health food shops and even large supermarkets (they usually have international food sections). Many East Asian countries have their own version of mochi, so the flour is rather plentiful. If all fails, you can easily find the flour online. It’s worth it!

~ingredients~

For 3 daifuku:

  • 50g glutinous rice flour
  • 30g sugar
  • water
  • 3 medium or large strawberries

~method~

  1. Mix the glutinous rice flour and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Prepare a saucepan and fill it with around 100ml of water. Turn the heat on high.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the water. Stir to combine. The mixture should be runny and watery- you can, and probably will add more water to achieve the right texture. If you have too much water, add more flour.
  4. Every now and then, stir. Lumps will appear among the watery mixture.
  5. The lumps will start coming together.
  6. Once you have one mass, turn the heat to medium, and push it around the pan. Pour a bit of water on it, move the mochi around the pan a bit.
  7. Once the mixture is a bit translucent, sticky, and slightly firm, it’s done.
  8. Prepare a cutting board, and sprinkle it with cornstarch.
  9. Transfer the mochi to the board with a wooden spoon. It will be VERY sticky.

  1. With the spoon, move the mochi around on the board to cover it with starch.
  2. Divide the mochi into three parts. For your own sanity, dip your fingers in starch before handling it.
  3. Roll one of the parts into a ball.
  4. Now, flatten it. The palm of your hand will do the trick.
  5. Put the strawberry in the middle of the circle. Without the stem, of course.
  6. Cover the strawberry by bringing the corners together at the top, and pinching.
  7. Pinch it a bit more for security.
  8. To make the daifuku nice and smooth, roll it around in your hand.

This is the finished product! Delicious 💕🍓

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and will try this recipe yourself! It’s worth it 🍓

Have a lovely day!

~roseteamacaron~