I almost gave up on this giveaway because not one of the bird cookies we bought made it home without a crack (which will teach us not to purchase them unless they are packaged in a tin). But, I decided that a cracked bird cookie will still taste as wonderful as one that isn’t, so I decided to go ahead and am offering a gift pack of five of Kamakura’s famous “bird cookies,” Hato Sabure, for my first Japan Giveaway.
In Japanese, hato means pigeon, and sabure is the Japanese pronunciation of sable, a type of French butter cookie. Once only available in Kamakura, today the famous cookies can be found in the food sections of higher-end department stores throughout Japan.
These big, crisp butter cookies are divine (even if they are cracked). They’re perfectly sweet, go wonderfully with coffee or tea, and are great for an afternoon snack, to pack in a lunch for a special treat, or to enjoy any time really. Hato Sabure are one of my favorite reasons to visit Japan.
The giveaway will be open for a week; the latest you can enter is midnight HST, on Wednesday, April 5. A winner will be chosen at random from all entries and announced in the blog on April 6.
Here’s how to enter:
- Comment on this page. You can comment every day until the giveaway, but just once a day. The more entries you have, the greater your chances of being chosen the winner! I will post the link a couple of extra times during the week. Commenting in another post will not count.
- Subscribe to “The Occasional Nomads.” If you are already a subscriber, you will receive one extra entry. Please comment below and let me know that you are already a subscriber or that you just joined.
- Post about the giveaway on your own blog, if you have one, and receive one additional entry.
The winner will be announced in the blog and also notified by email. You must respond by comment to the blog or to the email to receive your bird cookies (I will email you back to find out where to send them). Also, I can only mail to addresses in the U.S. and Canada.