Digitized centuries-old catalog of traditional Japanese candies

Wagashi are traditional Japanese confections. Archivists have digitized a lovely multivolume illustrated catalog of the sweet treats, many of which still look the same as they did hundreds of years ago when the art form flourished in the Edo period.

Others are now even more elaborate, as demonstrated beautifully on Instagram:


Volume 2 and volume 3 are also available.

Wagashi (via National Dier Library Digital Collections)