I purchased cotton candy from a food stand for 100 cents. It had been many years since I last bought wata-ame (cotton candy). In fact, I cannot recall ever buying it with my own money.
I did not purchase it for my own consumption, rather as an educational tool for my son Takeh to familiarize himself with wata-ame.
In the picture books he reads, some items are new to him. When he sees “cotton candy,” he doesn’t know what it is.Even if I explain it, he can’t imagine the candy being soft and fluffy.
He’s never tasted candy and doesn’t know what “cotton” is.
I don’t plan on urging him to consume sugary snacks while he’s still young. On occasion, I receive candy as a reward or present from events, but I seldom offer any to him.
I offered him some cotton candy and suggested he try it. It’s a treat that he finds appealing in more ways than one. He took a hesitant nibble but quickly ceased eating it due to the unpleasantly adhesive and nasty taste. He took a hesitant nibble but quickly ceased eating it due to the unpleasantly adhesive and nasty taste.
It was not at all like the fluffy cotton candy we expected. Instead, it was sticky and had no taste. Watayame is a food that focuses on flavor.
As a parent, I would have been worried if Takeh enjoyed eating this candy. However, when I saw his disapproving expression, I felt somewhat relieved but also disappointed.
I took responsibility for the uneaten candy and finished it all myself. My partner, Ishi, also did not want to eat the candy.