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菓子:竹流し
Dry Sweets: Washed Bamboo (Take Nagashi)
器:古備前 陶板
Dish: Old Bizen Porcelain

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花:朝顔
Flower: Morning Glory
花入:時代 蝉籠
Vase: Historic Cicada Basket

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干菓子:宵山駒形提灯(よいやまこまがたちょうちん) 祇園紋団扇
Dry Sweets: Festival’s Eve Horse Lantern and Gion Crested Fans
器:器漆 砂波利写 長寛造
Dish: Lacquered dish, copy of Sahari, by Choukan

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花:柿蘭 鉄仙 大紫露草
Flower: Persimmon Orchid, Ironwiz, and Purple Dew Grass
花入:砂張七宝舟
Vase: Saharai Bronze Boat with Seven Treasures

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菓子:水無月
Sweets: Minadzuki (June Sweets)
器:柴陽花鉢 仁阿弥道八造
Dish: Azusai Bowl, Made by Ninamidouhachi
干菓子:青楓 芦
Dry Sweets: Green Maple and Reeds
器:樂 木瓜 慶入造 波燕の絵 土佐光清画
Dish: Mokkou Raku by Keinyuu with a Wave and Sparrow picture by Mitsukiyo

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花:捻花 矢筈芒 段菊 桔梗 突抜忍冬 水引
Flower: Twist Flower, Nock Pampas, Bluebeard Chrysanthemum, Bellflower, Honeysuckle, Waterpull
花入:耳付籠
Vase: Eared Basket

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干菓子:二葉葵 美水(みず)
Dry Sweets: Double Leafed Hollyhock and Beauty Water
器:失賀茂直絵盆写 淡々斎書付 一閑造
Dish: Copy of Shitsukamo Naoe Tray, Inscribed by Tantansai, Made by Ikkan

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花:花菖蒲
Flower: Blossoming Iris
花入:認得斎好 溜塗曲
Vase: Tamenuri Bentwood favoured by Nintokusai

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菓子:桜餅
Dry Sweets: Cherry Blossom Rice Cakes
器:古野雑器盆 淡々斎直書
Dish: Old Field Variety Tray Inscribed by Tantansai

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花:白山吹
Flower: White Mountain Rose
花入:古赤絵玉壺春瓶
Vase: Old Red-painted Jewel Spring Vase

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菓子:引千切(ひちぎり)
Sweet: Hichigiri (Pulled and Shredded)
干菓子:貝尽し
Dry Sweets: Shell Assortment
器:時代蒔絵 行器(ほかい)
Dish: Antique Makied Picnic Basket

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花:桃 菜の花
Flower: Peach, Reip Blossom
花入:青磁尊式瓶
Vase: Zun-style Celedon Vase

DSCN4287Mei: Pine Dew (松露)
Sei: Nakamori Seika of Shiga Prefecture (中森製菓)
Type: Wagashi

These beads of adzuki and ingen koshi-an mixed with kanbaiko–a sort of pre-steamed rice flour–are then coated in a white sugary coat. They are of course quite sweet, but have an interesting, almost sharp undertaste.

The package tells us that this sweet is modeled after the round white “pine dew” plants (Rhizopogon Rubescen) that grow in the seaside pine groves at the start of summer.