S2 Ep16. こんぶあめ


Hello, this is episode 16 of season 2 of my podcast. Today in my Japanese lesson, I heard about a famous omu-raisu restaurant from my student. (Omu-raisu is a Japanese dish made from omelette and rice.) I didn’t know about it, but she said it is very famous on the internet. It looks very popular and it is very difficult to make a reservation. Today I will talk about food.


I like konbu ame. Konbu ame is candy made from kelp. It is soft, black candy. It looks a bit like liquorice. In Japan, people often eat seaweed such as kelp and wakame. Seaweed is often used in miso soup and salads, but is actually also used in sweets. It is said that kelp was first eaten as confectionery in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868). In 1683 the first kelp confectionery was made. This was followed by konbu ame in 1927. The first konbu ame was made by a company in Osaka.


Young people do not know much about traditional Japanese sweets such as konbu ame. This is because traditional Japanese sweets are not often sold in supermarkets and convenience stores. Even if they are sold, the production methods and ingredients are completely different. Therefore, many people have the image that ‘traditional sweets don’t taste good’. However, original sweets made with high-quality ingredients are delicious. When buying traditional sweets in Japan, check out shinise chain shops rather than supermarkets or convenience stores. Shinise means shops with a long history. Some shinise in Japan have been in existence for more than 100 years.


By the way, June marks four years since I started teaching Japanese. I appreciate all of your support. Thank you so much for everything. Well, I think that’s it for today. See you next time and thanks for listening!

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