It started in the Edo period (1603–1868) where expensive types of candy, made with white sugar, were called jōgashi. In contrast, dagashi, cheaper candies made from coarse grain or starch, are consumed by the common people. After World War II, modern dagashi are created and people still eat them today. However after the 1980s, the dagashiyas tried to sell different products and being are replaced by convenience stores. As of 2016, dagashi can still be found in dagashiya or ordered online. Culture expos in Japan (especially for schools) sometimes include dagashi and dagashiya displays.
Dagashiya (駄菓子屋) are the original stores that sell dagashi. Besides dagashi, it may sell other treats or small toys and may have coin-operated or arcade-style games. After school, children often stopped by a dagashiya to purchase the cheap snacks and socialize with each other and the shop owners. Though in decline due to convenience stores, dagashiya can still be found in Japan, with around 50 in Tokyo. One example of a Dagashiya is the Shikada Dagashi.
List of DagashiEdit
|Dagashi Featured in the Manga|
|Volume 1||Umaibō • Potato Fries • Kinako-bou • Namaiki Beer • Morocco Fruit Yogurt • Coffee Milk Candy • Young Donuts • Butamen • Kuru Kuru Bou Jelly • Fue Ramune • Ramune • Cocoa Cigarettes • Popping Fortune-Telling Chocolate • Bin Ramune • Kozakura Mochi • Tamago Ice|
|Volume 2||Waku Waku Smartphone • Seven Neon • Sakura Daikon • Monster Stamp • Yanyan Tsuke Bou • Yatta! Men • Bontan Ame • American Cola • Chou Himo Q • Watapachi • Beware of Sour Grapes • Cabbage Tarou • Aji Curry • Melon Ball • Neru Neru Nerune • Funny Boy • Choco Baby • Choco Bat • I have 5 yen|
|Volume 3||Fugashi • Baby Star Ramen • Ninjin|
|Volume 4||To be written|
|Volume 5||To be written|
- The Nostalgic Taste of “Dagashi” Snacks Nippon.com. Retrieved June 14, 2016.