A sweets to ward off evil, which was established right after the Onin War "Mizuta Gyokuundo"
In the 1000 year history of Kyoto, the plague of misfortune has spread many times, and Shinto rituals to appease misfortune have been held in various places.At the time of Shinto rituals, sweets and rice cakes were offered as a blessing to ward off diseases.This time, we would like to introduce the Monzen Kashi of Goryo-jinja Shrine (Kamigoryo-jinja Shrine), which is famous as a shrine to ward off evil."Gyokuundo Mizuta" was established more than 540 years ago in 1477.The origin of this famous sweet "Karaita" is nearly 1160 years ago.It is said that it was triggered by a plague of misfortune in Kyoto in 863.At that time, "Goryo-e" was being held at Shinsen-en Garden in order to eliminate the epidemic.The Chinese style rice crackers offered at that time are said to be the origin of the "Karaita".KIBI no Makibi, one of the enshrined deities of Goryo-jinja Shrine, brought back "Karaita Senbei (Chinese rice cracker) " as a Japanese envoy to Tang Dynasty China in the Nara period.However, Goryo-e was abolished in the Onin War (1467-1477) in the Muromachi period.It is said that, after the war, the ancestors of Mizuta Gyokuundo learned how to make "Karaita Senbei" based on the past records, which led to the restoration of Toita senbei.A teahouse was opened in the precincts of Goryo-jinja Shrine, and "Karaita" became popular as a confection to ward off evil.The cafe was moved to Toriimae of Goryo-jinja Shrine in the early Showa period "Gyokuundo Mizuta".We have been selling only 1 kind of "Karaita" for more than 540 years since our establishment.The ingredients for "Karaita" are simple: flour, sugar, and eggs.On the other hand, one of the reasons for its depth is that it is made by a more complicated process than I expected.The "Karaita" which is carefully hand-baked one by one, has a surprisingly crispy texture.It is cut into thin rectangles and looks like a charm to ward off evil.Why don't you buy it on your way home from Goryo Shrine?Mizuta Gyokuundo394 Kamigoryomae-cho, Karasuma Higashi-iru, Kamigoryomae-dori, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City3 minute walk from Kuramaguchi Subway Station
At New Year's Eve, I want to enjoy "Nishin soba (Herring Buckwheat Noodles)" at "Kakutani Rouho"
In Japan, we eat year-crossing soba noodles on New Year's Eve.Speaking of soba in Kyoto, it is "Nishin soba (Herring Buckwheat Noodles)".Herring cooked with sweet and salty taste so good that it goes well with rice and alcohol.I wonder if there is such a happy taste that the herring soaked in the soba and tsuyu.Among the famous "Nishin soba", I recommend "Kakutani Rouho" near Kumano Shrine.It is a long-established store that has been in Shogoin for more than 100 years.This herring is a homemade original.Why not try this unique "Nishin soba" that has been handed down since the Meiji period?The 24th of every month is set as "Herring Day" and it is a famous store full of herring love!Kakutani Rouho39 Shogoin Sanno-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City7 minutes walk from Keihan Jingu-marutamachi Station
Have a hot pot dish in Kyoto in winter ② How about the original "Botan nabe" that looks like a big flower blooming?
You can enjoy wild game dishes such as wild boar and deer in the fall and winter when hunting is open.Why not try the "Botan nabe" that has been handed down from generation to generation at this Japanese restaurant that opened in 1918?The "Hatakaku" which has been in Nishijin for more than 100 years is my dream restaurant.The famous "Botan nabe" that was invented by the previous generation can be eaten with white miso that is typical of Kyoto.Don't you think that the arrangement of large peonies blooming is like a work of art?It is a gift from the mountain that is eaten with vegetables such as Shogoin daikon and burdock.It is a feast unique to the hunting season, and I think I can survive the cold winter in Kyoto.HatakakuKarasuma Nishi-iru, Kamigoryomae-dori Street, Kamigyo-ku Ward, Kyoto City5 minute walk from Kuramaguchi Subway Station
Have a hot pot dish in Kyoto in winter ① "Negi Shio Lemon Nabe (Salted Welsh onion Lemon Pot dish)"
Because a cold wind called "Hiei-oroshi" blows, Kyoto in Winter is chilled to the bone.If your body gets cold due to sightseeing or outing, please warm it up by eating a special pot dish.When I was walking around Kamogawa River, I found a Izakaya named "Nouka Yasai Futagoya Pontocho" like a hidden place.This restaurant serves exquisite dishes using vegetables delivered from a farm in Kyoto!Why don't you have a drink around "Negi Shio Lemon Nabe (Salted Welsh onion Lemon Pot dish)" on a cold night?The healthy hot pot that you can enjoy with a Welsh onion salt sauce on top of the Japanese dashi base is very popular with women!Refreshing flavor of lemon and spice of green onion and salt make you addicted to it.Nouka Yasai Futagoya Pontocho133 -1, Hashishita-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 2F Emerald Kaikan3 minute walk from Keihan Sanjo Station
Enjoy the long autumn nights ① Cheers to a Kyoto-like machiya bar!
Why don't we have a toast at a bar where we can enjoy the local features of the capital such as Machiya, traditional (merchant's) houses?One of my favorite bar is the "Bar Oku" which is located in the back alley of Shijo Takakura.Here is the "Green tea and baked sweet potato cocktail"!Don't you think Kyoto style matcha green tea and autumn taste, baked sweet potato liqueur is a must-try for the coming season?Bar Oku221-1 Takazaimoku-cho, Takakura-dori Shijo-sagaru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City3 minute walk from Shijo Subway Station
Overcome the lingering heat with the superb shaved ice from Shimogamo Shrine!
It's still hot these days. I want to overcome the lingering heat with shaved ice.Shimogamo-jinja Shrine, which is known for the "Mitarashi Matsuri" introduced the other day, preserved snow in the ice room of Tadasu Forest long ago.In the summer, they presented ice to the Imperial Court, and people used ice to pray for good health.Based on this historical event, Kanmi-dokoro "Saruya", which operates a shop in Tadasu-no-Mori forest in the precincts ofShimogamo Shrine, offers pure white shaved ice just like the first snow in the summer season.Enjoy the ice that goes well with condensed milk and brown sugar syrup to remind people of the time.Saruya59 Shimogamo-Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City3 minutes walk from the city bus stop Shinaoi-bashi Bridge.
Aiming for the parfait of Ichijo-ji Nakatani
Ichijo-ji is an area perfect for walking around, full of fancy cafes and well-known temples.In this serene town, there is a shop called "Ichijo-ji Nakatani", which is a recommended spot for both Japanese sweets and pastry lovers.The cafe is managed by Japanese sweets master Mr. Nakabayashi and his wife - the pastry chef.An embodiment of the harmony of their ideas and skills, their sweets are loved by clients of all ages.What you want to eat, is the parfait with sweet beans jelly in their tea room!You can taste the most quintessential blend of Japanese and Western sweets.For more information about Ichijoji Nakatani check hereIchijoji NakataniKyoto-shi, Sakyo-ku, Ichijo-ji Hananoki-cho 5Near the City Bus stop "Ichio-ji Sagarimatsu-cho"
Look, buy and taste plums in Kyoto ③ "Oimatsu Kitano store" plum sweets
Near the Matsuhiro Shoten (clasp purse store), which we introduced last time, there is a long-established Japanese sweet shop, called "Oimatsu Kitano shop".Speaking of Kamishichiken shops, we speak about the front gate of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.Speaking of Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, we speak about its main Deity Sugawara Michizanekō.And speaking of Michizanekō, we think of "plum"; as it is her favorite flower."Oimatsu Kitano shop" since old times, continues to make Japanese sweets reflecting the four seasons of Kyoto.In February, they sell the "Kitano no ume" (plums of Kitano).Using the red plump plum, the plum scent seems almost to comeout!When visiting Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, please go and check out this shop and try one of their plum sweets.Look, buy and taste plums in Kyoto ①, viewing "Weeping plums" in "Jonan-gu Shrine" here.Look, buy and taste plums in Kyoto ②, the store that sells Matsuhiro Shoten plum clasp purses is here."Oimatsu Kitano store"Kyoto City, Kamigyo Ward, Imadegawa Street, Onmae Street (East entrance), Shakenagaya-Chō 6755 minutes on foot from "Kamishichiken" bus stop
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