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Monastery confections with a sister nun's prayer

There are many churches and monasteries in Kyoto where there are many temples and shrines.

My family is not Christian, but I love old movies set in monasteries.

As a Kyoto resident, I am most familiar with the "Catholic Carmel Abbey" in Kinugasa.

In the monastery, sister nuns make and sell sweets and sundries for daily food and prayers.

At "Takino Sake Shop" in Shijo-Karasuma, you can buy monastery sweets, and I visit there whenever I want.

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Takino sake shop is a sake shop that started to sell convent's sweets because the family had been Christian for generations.

There are sweets and food ordered from monasteries all over Japan such as Carmel and Trappist monasteries.

For example, baked sweets such as "Trappist cookie" "Goffret" and "Marurotto".

"Trappist butter" or "butter candy" or "Orange jam" or "Mass Wine" or "Wine cake".

Furthermore, it is said that your wish will come true if you eat it while chanting "porbolone".

All of these are simple ingredients with the devout prayers of the sisters, and the monastery life comes to mind.

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The illustrations of flowers and animals on the package of "Goffret" tickle your heart.

Other packages are also retro and cute, and will enrich your tea time.


Takino Saketen
691 Motohoseiji-cho, Karasuma Higashi-iru, Nishikikoji-dori Street, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
Three minutes on foot from Hankyu Karasuma Station or Shijo Station on the subway

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