What is the Confection “Geppei”?

As with Momoyama, “Geppei (月餅)” is a confection about which I didn’t know much until recently, though I often see it in the Wagashi snack section of supermarkets, alongside Manju and Momoyama

Geppei (月餅)

Geppei Cake

Actually, I totally thought that the sweet snack Geppei was a type of Wagashi because it is almost always lined up with Wagashi confections like Manju and Momoyama.

Geppei Snack Cake

But I looked up “月餅” on Wikipedia Japan and found my thought was incorrect. The article says that the confection Geppei is a type of Chinese confection. In other words, it was introduced from China to Japan.

In 1927, the Japanese confectionery company “Nakamuraya (中村屋)” altered the original Chinese Geppei and developed one to suit Japanese tastes. Now the Japanese Geppei cake has been popularized and can be found in many grocery stores around the country.

Geppei Confection

It seems that in China the confection Geppei comes in many varieties and various fillings, but those usually have a round flat shape like a full moon in common as the Chinese character “月” means the moon.

Geppei with Anko Paste

Japanese-Style Geppei is also shaped like a full moon, but most are filled with “Anko (餡子)” sweetened Azuki red bean paste. The Japanese Geppei cake is similar to Manju buns in composition and taste but isn’t fluffy at all.

Ingredients and Calories

Yamazaki Gekkei Ingredients

Lastly, let’s see the ingredients and nutrition facts. According to the label, with 211 kcal per piece, this Yamazaki’s Geppei cake is made mainly with sweet red bean paste, wheat flour, egg yolk, sugar, whole egg, lard, sweetened white bean paste, starch syrup, mirin, soy sauce, egg white, and butter.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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