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[History of Senbei: the origin of Japanese tradition and taste]

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The origin of the history of senbei and its unique evolution in Japan

Senbei, a traditional Japanese snack, is still loved by many people today due to its history and rich variety of flavors. Senbei has a deep history and has undergone a unique evolution.

It is said that senbei was introduced to Japan from China before BC. The prototype of senbei was brought to Japan along with China's rice cultivation culture, and the Japanese developed it using their own unique approach.

Initially, it was made by kneading rice flour with water and baking it, and it was mainly eaten at festivals and events.

After that, rapid evolution was seen during the Heian period, and various variations were created in each region as fried mochi and grilled mochi. These mochi were also used as a means of preserving grain and became loved by samurai and common people.

During the Sengoku period, military commanders used senbei as an emergency food on the battlefield. Because it is convenient to carry and has high nutritional value, it became an indispensable part of samurai's lunch boxes.

In the Edo period, the variety of senbei increased further, and unique senbei were created with different flavors, shapes, and ingredients depending on the region. It was also a popular game for Edo people, and people could enjoy a variety of flavors in the bustling city of Edo.

In the Meiji period, advances in technology made mass production possible, and commercial senbei appeared. This made it easy for the general public to enjoy, and became an opportunity for it to spread nationwide.

Modern Senbei

In modern times, not only traditional senbei made using traditional methods, but also new flavors and styles of senbei are being created one after another, creating a diverse selection on the market.

The variety of tofu sebei, sesame senbei, and red bean paste senbei continues to expand.


Senbei is not just a snack, but also a way to experience Japanese culture and history. Flavors that change with the seasons and traditional manufacturing methods that differ from region to region are among the factors that foster a love for Japan's delicious food.

It can be said that senbei is truly representative of the tasteful snacks that give you a taste of Japan's food culture and history. The stories woven together continue to be loved by our palates even after time passes.



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