My grandparents live Gifu, Takayama, Japan.
The kanji for Takayama is 高山.
高=Taka, translates to, in this instance, “tall”. 山= Yama, translates to “mountain.” Meaning that my grandparents live on a tall mountain. Whenever I visit them, I always have to eat my favorite snack.
That snack is Mitarashi Dango. They are sold in a little booth outside of stores and on the side of people’s homes.
They are different than the Mitarashi Dango that originated in Kyoto. Kyoto-fu Mitarashi Dango is covered in a sweet soy sauce glaze, while the Dango sold in Takayama are savory.
Mitarashi Dango is balls of rice flour that have a chewy mochi-like texture. It is balls of kneaded rice flour on a bamboo skewer. The balls are basted with soy sauce while cooking and scorched until they are ‘fox red’.