The photo below is traditional seasonal sweets you can find now at Japanese-style confection stores. The left is Sakura-mochi, or cherry rice cake and the right is Uguisu-mochi, or Japanese nightingale rice cake. They are products of Senshuan which is one of the old-established stores. It is in Horai-cho and located at the bottom end of Gokoku Shrine Slope.
Sakura-mochi consists of half-pounded sticky rice dyed pale pink and a salted chelly leaf. Azuki bean paste is stuffed inside. You can eat the leaf, but there are people who don't eat it. I eat the leaf because salt makes the sweet tastier.
Uguisu-mochi is made of rice cake and azuki bean paste. Soy bean powder is sprinkled around.
Both cherry and Japanese nigthingale are representative things that indicate Spring. According to the lunar calender, February 3 or 4 is the first day of Spring. People expect Spring's coming seeing those sweet sold at stores.
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too. 函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。