"Shoshonoko (literally, hot weather)" is one of the 24 seasonal seasons in Japan.
In 2021, "Shosho" refers to the period from August 23 to September 6.
It is said that the severe summer heat is coming to an end, but the summer heat has returned to Kyoto in the past few days.
The shaved ice season is almost over, but I want to eat it for cooling down.
Saruya, a resting area on the Tadasu-no-Mori forest approach to Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine), serves "Kamo no Himuro no Kori (shaved ice)".
A long time ago, next to Shimogamo-jinja Shrine and Oidono, there used to be a 'Himuro' where snow that fell and accumulated in winter was preserved.
Snow kept fresh in the himuro is presented to the Imperial Court at the Himuro Shinji, a midsummer traditional event of Shimogamo-jinja Shrine.
It is said that people ate ice and prayed for good health.
Following this historical event, "Kamo no Himuro no Kori (shaved ice)" at Saruya is reproduced.
There are three types of homemade syrup: matcha azuki bean, strawberry milk and brown sugar syrup shiratama.
"Strawberry Milk" is topped with condensed milk and strawberry syrup is full of flesh.
I would like to eat Matcha Azuki and Kuromitsu Shiratama that change daily.
Both of them come with honey separately, so you can see the soft and smooth white ice just like the first snow.
You can enjoy the soft and cool feeling to the last bite by pouring honey little by little.
I want to miss the passing summer while thinking about the historical event.
Kyukeidokoro (teahouse) Saruya
59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho , Sakyo Ward , Kyoto City (Precincts of Shimogamo-jinja Shrine)
2 minutes walk from Tadasunomori City bus stop
*"Kamo no Himuro no Kori (shaved ice)" is only sold in summer.