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In Japan, many people ring in the new year by heading to a nearby shrine in the early days of January. You might not be able to get out to a Japanese shrine at the start of 2021, but you can enjoy it through shrine-related snacks found in Wowbox’s January Prefecture BoxWhether they are created by confectionary stores tied to shrines or they boast a shrine theme (with good luck in tow!), you can ring in the new year...with great taste!

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Brown sugar isn’t always the easiest ingredient to find in Japan, but it also isn’t absent entirely. It’s cultivated in many places, including on the islands of Okinawa, famous for their healthy version of the sweetener. Many sweets makers have whipped up their own take on it in order to create delicious treats, from all over the country. 
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Hironobu Tsujiguchi is among the most celebrated pastry chefs in modern Japan. He’s the mind behind a wide variety of sweets brands scattered across the country, and two of his highlights go under the spotlight here. Feve and Caramelier both offer up snack-sized treats, utilizing caramel among other flavors to create a decadent way to enjoy between-meal times.
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Japanese food companies are aware of global trends in dieting, and aren’t shy to get in on whatever the latest craze related to eating is sweeping the world. Kanagawa company Chaya creates snacks geared towards those following a macrobiotic diet, with their granola and dessert sandwich offerings providing sweetness that will make you feel like you are cheating on your dietary restrictions!

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