Karasumi (sweets)

This sweet is made by kneading rice with sugar, brown sugar, mugwort or walnuts and steaming it. It has been used as an offering for the Dolls Festival (on March 3rd) and as an everyday sweet in the Tono Region. "Karasumi (dried, smoked mullet roe)," a delicacy representing fertility, was a luxury in this area located far away from the sea. Tradition says that this sweet item gradually replaced the expensive karasumi and began to be called such due to the resemblance.

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Road Station Soba Rassei-Misato
Misato-cho, Ena City

Address1461-1 Misatocho-Sasaragi, Ena City[Map
Phone Number0573-28-3310
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Opening Hour9:00~18:00 (Until 17:00 in wintertime)
HolidayMondays (or following day if a national holiday falls on Monday)
Parking Capacity67 cars
Access 7 km toward south-east direction from Chuo Expressway "Ena IC" via Tajimi-Ena Line (Approx. 10 minutes by car)
From Central Mizunami, take National Route 19 toward east, and turn right at Route 418 amd drive 4 km toward south (Approx. 6 minutes by car)
A sticky texture enjoyed in a variety of choices
They carefully choose rice powder and ingredients which are procured locally and serve a variety of dishes. Enjoy the texture which is elastic, soft and sticky with a flavor of your choice. When it becomes hard, microwave it to enjoy it with the original freshness.
Service periodAll year round
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Road Station Shizumo
Yamaguchi, Nakatsugawa City

Address1-14 Yamaguchi, Nakatsugawa City[Map
Phone Number0573-75-5255
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Opening Hour8:30~18:00
HolidayYear-end and New Year Holidays
Parking Capacity101 cars
Access Approx. 30 minutes by car from Chuo Expressway "Nakatsugawa IC"
The taste of mum's cooking with a mountain-shape cut and a sticky texture
Its unique character is found in the strongly elastic texture. "Karasumi" prepared with the traditional recipe without any additives reminds us of the nostalgic taste of ones hometown. It comes with a variety of seasoning tastes, such as newly produced sake lee taste, standard brown sugar, mugwort, or seasonal cherry-blossom, citron and so on.
Service periodAll year round
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Karasumi recipe
Ingredients :

(For three pieces)
・330g rice flour (coarsely ground)
・300cc boiled water
・【Yomogi-no-karasumi (A sweet with mugwort added, imitating a dried mullet roe)】130g mugwort
・【Yomogi-no-karasumi (A sweet with mugwort added, imitating a dried mullet roe)】100g sugar
・【Yomogi-no-karasumi (A sweet with mugwort added, imitating a dried mullet roe)】A dash salt
・【White karasumi】100g sugar
・【White karasumi】A dash salt
・【Karasumi with brown sugar】100g brown sugar
・【Karasumi with brown sugar】A dash salt


①Pour boiling water into rice flour, stir quickly evenly, and steam it in a steamer for 30 minutes.

②Divide ① into three equal parts, divide each ingredient to add about four times, and knead the dough until it becomes shiny and not sticky.

③Divide ② into three equal parts to form a shape.
(※If there is no mold, place a stick-shaped dough on bamboo sheath and press it from above with chopsticks to form the shape.)

④Steam it in a steamer for 5 minutes.After it cools, cut it and eat.

The recipe source:Ena City Diet Improvement Liaison Council

※Recipes vary by region and family.