Speaking of scenery poems about spring in Japan, people will think of a kind of food called "Sanshoku Dango (Dango of three colors)". It is a kind of dango people usually have when admiring flowers (hanami). In Japan, it is a very familiar type of dango. This time MdJ will introduce to you Sanshoku Dango that can often be seen in Japanese classical anime and TV dramas!
First, it is said that Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who was active in the 16th century, was the first person to come up with Sanshoku Dango. Because Toyotomi Hideyoshi was very fond of gorgeous and bright-colored things, he colored dango and used them to entertain guests at tea parties.
Moreover, the three soft and lovely colors of Sanshoku Dango have their own meanings respectively.
Usually the three colors are believed to represent seasons.
In addition, people also take Sanshoku Dango as an auspicious food that can drive away evil spirits.
The season of cherry blossom is coming. How about enjoying Sanshoku Dango while admiring cherry blossom?