Posts Tagged ‘pumpkin’

What have we learned about Halloween in Japan this year?

Kanazawa Forus

Although Halloween seems to be mainly marketed through food in the broader consumer world, Halloween decorations in retailers and for home use seem to be growing in popularity and availability.


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Last year, Kit Kat introduced special pumpkin cheesecake flavor for Halloween. Although I liked it quite a bit, I was a little confused as to why the package described pumpkin cheesecake as a “traditional Halloween food.” This year, Kit Kat opted for a new limited-time Halloween flavor, Pumpkin Pudding (パンプキンプリン).

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Part 5: Pumpkin-Flavored Doughnuts

Zombie thumb is not entirely thrilled about the prospect of seeing this project through before Halloween, but it can’t be helped. 頑張れ、ゾンビの親指。。。

"Covered in a luxurious glaze made from domestic kuri-kabocha. Topped with an original paste using Hokkaido kabocha and seeds.

As I noted in Part 1, Japan likes its kabocha but isn’t really big on the pumpkin and spice flavor. Kabocha, like most orange squash, pairs well with miso, soy sauce, mitsuba, and other savory Japanese flavors, but it’s also quite good with sugar and spice. Kabocha in desserts like manjû and tarts are popular in Japan, too, but I’ve heard it just doesn’t work well as a pumpkin substitute in pumpkin pie–something about the texture is off.


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In which delicious pumpkin things are cooked, but our heroine’s poor fingers are spared.

Japan’s fall foods include chestnuts, eggplants, and pumpkin, among many others. My gym has a farmers’ market attached. (See, I told you we were country out here!) Kabocha, the smaller, sweeter Japanese cousin of the pumpkin, is super cheap there–100 yen (90 cents) will buy you a whole pumpkin, whereas the supermarket sells whole pumpkins for as much as 500 yen ($4.50) a pop. Suddenly, bargain-hunting mode struck me, and I had more pumpkins than I knew what to do with.

Here are two simple kabocha recipes you can make at home.

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