They are just two out of thousands choice of Japanese sweets.
In Gion,Kyoto, there is a famous sweet shop runs by a established green tea leaves store.
It must be a nice idea to drop in this kind of tea rooms and try the sweets when you get a bit tired walking around or to watch happy people or to contemplate on Japanese cultures.
They are not too sweet, very delicate taste and design, and more important they are healthy. Green colour is from very fine powdered green tea leaves and dark colour is red bean paste, not chocolate. light pink and light yellow are also food colour.
Theme of these sweets is of course ” spring” as you see for example, a lovelly cherry flowers are arranged on the top.
Confectioners pick up their ideas from natures and occasions and try to make more refined sweets.
They often take in Western sweets and modified them into Wa- taste.
( Wa means japanese in this case,)
For you, who would like to travel in Kyoto,
Johnnie Hillwalker’s Kyoto tour
Kyoto Private guide, Shihoko Hirooka, Guide in Kyoto