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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.

水田玉雲堂_リサイズ済2.jpgThe 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 Gyokuundo
394 Kamigoryomae-cho, Karasuma Higashi-iru, Kamigoryomae-dori, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City
3 minute walk from Kuramaguchi Subway Station

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