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Unique sweets souvenir in Hokkaido

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  1. What is Marimo?
2. Where is Lake Akan?

3. What is Yokan?

4. Marimo Yokan

5. Summary

Here is very unique sweets in Hokkaido. I will introduce you about Marimo Yokan. Why don’t you try?

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What is Marimo?

Marimo are literally ball-shaped seaweeds found at Lake Akan, and feature in the  folklore mythology of Ainu, the native inhabitants of Hokkaido. A marimo is a rare growth form of the species where the algae grow into large green balls with a velvety appearance. Colonies of such balls are only known to form in Iceland, Scotland, Japan, Estonia and now Australia.

Where is Lake Akan?

Lake Akan is about 75 kilometers north of Kushiro. Akan Bus operates 3-4 buses per day between Kushiro and the lake, stopping at Kushiro Airport along the way.

Lake Akan is a beautiful crater lake in Akan National Park.

The lakeside hot spring resort of Akankohan is the only town around the lake. It has several ryokan, some of which have hot spring baths with views of the lake on their upper floors. Several hotels open their baths to non-guests during the day for typically 500 to 1500 yen.

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What is Yokan?

Yokan is a thick, jellied dessert made of red bean paste, agar, and sugar. It is usually sold in a block form, and eaten in slices. There are two main types: neri yoka and mizu yokan. “Mizu” means “water”, and indicates that it is made with more water than usual. Mizu yoka is often chilled and eaten in summer.

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Marimo Yokan

This youkan is unique in its shape and color as it depicts real Marimo. It comes out easily from the package when you pluck a pick into it.  They come in an attractive box with a printing of Ainu patterns. With the long shelf life, it makes a perfect souvenir gift.

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Summary

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Marimo are literally ball-shaped seaweeds found at Lake Akan.

Lake Akan is about 75 kilometers north of Kushiro. Akan Bus operates 3-4 buses per day between Kushiro.

Marimo youkan is unique in its shape and color as it depicts real Marimo.

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