Sakura Daikon: Pickled Radish Dagashi Snack from Yaokin

While Ume serves as a flavoring, Sakura sometimes lends its name to food with a pink color, as many Japanese people associate pink with the spring blossom.

That’s the case with this Dagashi pickle snack named Sakura Daikon (さくら大根), which I guess got its name from its Sakura-like eye-catching pink appearance.

Yaokin Sakura Daikon

Yaokin Sakura Daikon

The treat Sakura Daikon (Price: 60 yen) is one of the Dagashi classics sold by Yaokin, consisting of slices (2 pcs) of pickled radish.

A now-defunct food company named Miyama created it by accident around 1957, and in 2019, Tochigi Sano-based Endo Foods took over the manufacturing.

Sakura Daikon Pickled Radish Snack

The name of this snack includes Sakura (さくら), but unlike Sakura Zuke, this Dagashi treat doesn’t contain cherry blossom-related ingredients.

Instead, it uses sweet vinegar in the pickling process, which unexpectedly brings out the best from the Daikon radish.

Dagashi Sakura Daikon from Yaokin

Yaokin Sakura Daikon is originally a Dagashi for children but tastes much better than it sounds.

Moreover, it is so well-pickled with a firm and pleasantly crunchy texture that I think even picky Tsukemono lovers can like this.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Yaokin Sakura Daikon Ingredients Nutrition Facts Calories Label

Daikon radish (made in China), Salt, Brewed vinegar, Acidifier, Amino acid seasoning, Sodium metaphosphate, Sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Aspartame, L-phenylalanine compound), Vitamin B1, Potassium sorbate, Color (Red No.102)

Nutritional Values

Nutritional Values per 100 Grams
Calories 15 kcal
Protein 0.4 g
Fat 0.1 g
Carbohydrates 3.4 g
Salt equivalents 2.8 g


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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