Ame vs Okashi: What is the Difference in Meaning?
Okashi, Wagashi, and Dagashi are 3 Japanese words for snacks or confectionery, but they have a somewhat different meaning as I wrote about it before.
Okashi vs Ame: Meanings of Japanese Words
Among them, “Okashi (お菓子)” can refer to any kind of snack, candy, sweet, regardless of where they are produced. In other words, Okashi is the collective term for snacks.
In addition to Okashi, Wagashi, and Dagashi, actually there is one more Japanese word that refers to candy, which is “Ame (飴)”.
What is Ame (飴)?
The Ame with the shape of a sphere or ball can also be called “Ame-Dama (飴玉)”, which literally means “candy ball” in Japanese.
Kata-Ame (固飴) and Mizu-Ame (水飴)
Strictly speaking, Ame is further divided into 2 types, “Kata-Ame (固飴)” and “Mizu-Ame (水飴)”.
Kata-Ame literally means “hard candy” and most Japanese Ame candies are classified as Kata-Ame. In other words, they have hard textures that slowly melt in your mouth.
On the other hand, Mizu-Ame is thick, gooey, stretchy, honey-like candy. The word, “Mizu (水)” means “water” in Japanese, and like water, Mizu-Ame is usually clear in color.
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