Onenga are an important part of the New Year holidays in Japan. They are gifts given when looking back over the past year with a person and are usually handed over with the phrase kotoshi mo douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu which thanks the person for their support over the past year and into the next.
The Daimaru Tokyo department store is selling a whole range of confections based on the 2019 “Year of the Pig” from December 26 to January 3 which will make for perfect New Year gifts. Not only can they be used as onenga but as souvenirs for anyone visiting Japan during the New Year season.
Pig Shaped Monaka Bean Jam Wafer Cakes (Set of 12): ¥1,850 / Sold at Funabashiya
Both the wafer cake shell and the red bean paste are separate from each other which retains the freshly-made crunch. It’s made in the cute shape of a pig which is unique for a monaka wafer cake.
Pig Shaped Sweet Jelly: ¥918 / Sold at Ryoguchiya Korekiyo
This sweet jelly features a pig and piglet in it so adorable you’ll want to take a photo. The light that filters through creates a beautiful scene of a pig and its child.
2019 Mochi (Set of 6): ¥1,080 / Sold at Ginza Akebono
This assortment of sticky rice cakes comes with various designs including “2019,” pine trees, pigs and more.
Small Sweet Jelly With Pig Packaging (Set of 12): ¥3,240 / Sold at Toraya
The artistry of a long-standing store shines through on the piggy packaging of these sweet jellies.
Sweet Cigars (Set of 20): ¥1,458 / Sold at Yoku Moku
These are a hallmark product at Yoku Moku loved by men and women of all ages.
Shoufuku Tafuku (Set of 5): ¥864 / Sold at Akasaka Kakiyama
These mochi are cut thin, dried and baked before being put into cute boxes that feature illustrations of a pig dressed as a daruma.
Shichifukujin (Set of 7): ¥2,700 / Sold at Kanou Shoujuan
This set comes with a range of different confections inspired by the Seven Deities of Good Luck.
You’re sure to find the perfect pick for a New Year’s gift in this line-up!
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