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Essay 1047 on 菓 (confection; cake; sweets) Is Now Up

Essay 1047 on 菓 (confection; cake; sweets) is now up and available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Japan produces desserts from the world over, but its traditional confections offer the most surprises. Find out how a Japanese "sweet" may not be sweet at all and how even a fried vegetable could qualify! Also learn about the connection between 菓 and the tea ceremony, a recurring confection fair in Japan, gift cakes and gift horses, and what gods in Japan like to eat and drink.


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