Everywhere in the world celebrates sweets differently, and in Japan a cornerstone of that variability is wagashi. These traditional confections are usually served with tea, carry a subtler flavor, and are often made with and inspired by both seasonal and local ingredients. A Kyoto company specializing in these, Tsuruya Yoshinobu, is pairing their centuries of practice in the craft with a starlit guest just in time for summer.

Timed to Tanabata, a star centered festival associated with July 7th, Tsuruya Yoshinobu is releasing Kirby monaka sets. Within you’ll find cans of rice wafers with Kirby’s face and another can of red bean paste, letting you put as much as you like between a pair and enjoy to your heart’s content. Two different styles are available, featuring different can patterns to go with the different types of red bean paste included.


It’s hard not to wish for these with how cute they look here, and that’s coming from someone with more Kirbys than they can count. While these’ll probably prove tough to get if you aren’t in Japan, they’ll be available individually for about $15 (after conversion), or in a set of the two types for about $30.


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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.