Long-Selling Amanoya Kabukiage Rice Crackers
“Kabuki (歌舞伎)” is one of the traditional performing arts that represent Japan whose origin is said to date back to about 400 years ago.
It is a classical Japanese dance-drama that has been designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan since 1965.
When it comes to the products relating to the Kabuki art, there is a long-selling, loved snack food in Japan associated with it, which is called “Kabukiage (歌舞伎揚)”.
Amanoya Kabuki-Age (天乃屋 歌舞伎揚)
“Age (揚)” in the product name is a Japanese word (suffix) for fries and the Kabuki-Age is one of the most beloved deep-fried rice crackers in east Japan that was released in 1960 by “Amanoya (天乃屋)”.
At both ends of the package, there are tricolor banner designs imitating the quintessential stage curtain used in the Kabuki theater, called “Joushiki-Maku (定式幕)”.
However, Kabukiage is just a trademark possessed by the Japanese confectionery company Amanoya and has no connection with the Kabuki art.
The Kabukiage rice crackers are individually packed and each rice cracker has a family crest of Kabuki engraved on the surface, as the photo of its dough on the official website of Amanoya indicates.
The Kabukiage rice crackers are flavored with thick soy sauce, but pretty sweet. In texture, they are somewhat hard and pleasantly crunchy. The overall snack has a delicious taste that makes us feel nostalgic.
Finally, according to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the Amanoya Kabukiage rice cracker is made with non-glutinous Uruchi rice, vegetable fat and oil, sugar, soy sauce (including wheat and soybeans), high fructose corn syrup, seasoning extract, salt, processed starch, seasonings (including amino acid), and caramel pigment.