August 2020

Tokyo Summer

東京納涼祭

Bokksu Japanese snack subscription box tokyo summer

AUGUST 2020

Tokyo Summer

東京納涼祭  

Summers in Tokyo are hot, which is why many of its summer festivals take place at night, after the sun sets and fireworks can light up the sky!

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Hanabi Taikai or “firework festivals” are a symbol of Summer in Japan. They’re known for brilliant firework shows, and stalls full of delicious street food and games. This year it’s more important to us than ever before to bring the festival to you. Together we can celebrate at home with the famous flavors of a summer festival just a bite away!

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Below is this month's curation of snacks for both Classic and Tasting Bokksu. "Classic Bokksu Exclusive" products are not included in Tasting Bokksu.

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Castella Cake: Butter Flavor
Castella Cake:
Butter Flavor
(Classic Bokksu Exclusive!)
Picola Chocolate
Picola Chocolate
(Classic Bokksu Exclusive!)
Blueberry Tart
Blueberry Tart
Beppin-san Cafe au Lait Milk Manju
Beppin-san Cafe au Lait Milk Manju
Chocolate Banana Langue De Chat Cookie
Chocolate Banana Langue De Chat Cookie
Dora Choco
Dora Choco
Kabukiage Rice Crackers: Uma Kara Spicy
Kabukiage Rice Crackers: Uma Kara Spicy
Kaju Gummy: Plum & Lychee
Kaju Gummy:
Plum & Lychee
Petite Strawberry Milk Candy
Petite Strawberry Milk Candy
Puku Puku Tai: Salted Watermelon
Puku Puku Tai:
Salted Watermelon
Takoyaki Tei Corn Puffs
Takoyaki Tei Corn Puffs
Yaki Tomorokoshi Corn Arare
Yaki Tomorokoshi Corn Arare
Sencha Tea
Sencha Tea
Castella Cake: Butter Flavor

Castella Cake: Butter Flavor

Manufacturer: Imuraya
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

Castella cakes are a festival favorite. They’re soft, sweet, and portable, perfect for the typical festival-goer. The version we’ve included this month is enriched with additional butter for richer flavor.

Picola Chocolate

Picola Chocolate

Manufacturer: Yamazaki Biscuits
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

This crispy biscuit reminds us of the crepes you can find at any summer festival. A delicate wafer made from crepe batter is rolled up and the interior is coated with sweet milk chocolate.

Blueberry Tart

Blueberry Tart

Manufacturer: Ito Seika
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

This blueberry tart has a lovely, buttery base with a center of blueberry jelly. This old fashioned cookie relies only on real fruit for the flavorful jelly, no artificial flavors, and pectin instead of gelatin to keep it vegetarian friendly.

Beppin-san Cafe au Lait Milk Manju

Beppin-san Cafe au Lait Milk Manju

Manufacturer: Kanon
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat
Also Contains: N/A
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

Manju are a traditional Japanese baked sweet that usually has a soft doughy exterior and a flavored bean paste filling. This variety features a delicious cafe au lait filling that brings to mind a nice glass of milky iced coffee.

Chocolate Banana Langue De Chat Cookie

Chocolate Banana Langue De Chat Cookie

Manufacturer: Fuubian
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: Alcohol
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

This chocolate banana langue de chat holds a rich banana sweet cream sandwiched in between two crispy chocolate biscuits. Chocolate bananas are a popular summer treat in Japan. This fruity cookie brings the delightful flavor of summer as a sweet little treat.

Dora Choco

Dora Choco

Manufacturer: Yaokin
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: Alcohol
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

Dora Choco is the cuter, more compact version of the snackdorayaki. Dorayaki is a common Japanese treat made with two pancake-like castella cakes sandwiching a red bean paste. With a chocolate center rather than the usual red bean paste, this dorayaki is an interesting spin on the traditional and keeps things fresh and interesting.

Kabukiage Rice Crackers: Uma Kara Spicy

Kabukiage Rice Crackers: Uma Kara Spicy

Manufacturer: Amanoya
Common Allergens: Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: Yes

Kabukiage are fried rice crackers named for the traditional Japanese dance dramakabuki! Coated in soy sauce and red pepper, these crackers are deeply savory and have a bit of a kick to them. They are still quite mild, but if you’re sensitive to spice then be prepared.

Kaju Gummy: Plum & Lychee

Kaju Gummy: Plum & Lychee

Manufacturer: Meiji
Common Allergens: None
Also Contains: N/A
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: No

These tropically fruity gummies just taste like summer. This plum gummy has a tart powder coating and a lychee jelly filling. Kaju gummies are known for using real fruit juice for deliciously natural flavor.

Petite Strawberry Milk Candy

Petite Strawberry Milk Candy

Manufacturer: Sakuma Seika
Common Allergens: Milk, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

Strawberry milk is a popular drink in Japan. So popular, that it is also a flavor forkakigori or “shaved ice” in Japan. This crispy candy brings the flavor of strawberry milk to you with a strawberry candy outside and milk candy center.

Puku Puku Tai: Salted Watermelon

Puku Puku Tai: Salted Watermelon

Manufacturer: Meito Sangyo
Common Allergens: Milk, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: Mollusk shellfish
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: No

Taiyaki is the famous festival snack shaped like a carp ortai fish. This fun take transforms it into a mousse filled treat flavored with watermelon. A gentle hint of salt brings out the refreshing fragrance of the watermelon.

Takoyaki Tei Corn Puffs

Takoyaki Tei Corn Puffs

Manufacturer: Japan Frito-Lay
Common Allergens: Milk, Fish, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: Mollusk shellfish
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: No

Takoyaki is a classic Japanese street food made by pan-frying batter in a specially-shaped pan to form little fried balls withtako (octopus) in the center. It’s often topped with a variety of flavorful toppings. These light corn puffs are the perfect balance of sweet and savory umami-rich flavor.

Yaki Tomorokoshi Corn Arare

Yaki Tomorokoshi Corn Arare

Manufacturer: Ginnoshio
Common Allergens: Milk, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Flavor: Savory

Vegetarian: Yes

Grilled corn glazed with butter and soy sauce is a popular Japanese street food you’ll only find in the summer. This snack combines crunchyarare (small bite sized rice crackers) with fried corn kernels, both flavored in the classic butter and soy sauce glaze for a flavorful and summery Japanese snack.

Sencha Tea


Sencha Tea

Manufacturer: Uogashi Meicha
Common Allergens: None
Also Contains: N/A
Vegetarian: Yes

Sencha is a traditional steamed green tea of Japan and beloved for the fresh taste it carries. It’s the perfect choice to enjoy with all foods, sweet or savory.

Brewing Instructions:Steep for about 1 minute (or to desired taste) in 150ml/5oz of 80ºC/194ºF water.

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