BLOGSouvenior2021.03.29

A famous confection of Kyoto "花供曽 (Buddha's booger)"

"Dainehan-zu (Great Nirvana) Special Exhibition" is being held at Shinnyo-do Temple (Shinsho Gokuraku-ji Temple) until Sunday, April 4.

We can see the richly colored Dainehan-zu, which is 6 meters long and 4 meters wide, painted during the Hoei era in the Edo period.

The death of Buddha is called 'entering nirvana,' and the image of nirvana is a representation of his death.

Do you know the "花供曽" that is given to those who have seen the "Great Nirvana painting special exhibition"?

花供曽 is read "Hanakuso (booger)" and is a famous confection of Kyoto that is said to bring good health.

It is said that the word 'Hanakugo,' which means offerings to the Buddha, was changed to 'Hanakuso.'.

It is unique rice crackers as there is a theory that people receive merit by "Buddha's booger".

Shinnyo-do temple's "Hanakuso" is made at rice cracker shop "Kyo no Osendokoro Tamaruya" and is sold at stores in all seasons.

Contrary to the name, it has an elegant taste made of domestic glutinous rice and Okinawa brown sugar.

*The package that is sold at the store are different from the one given in the "Great Nirvana" special exhibition.

Kyo no Osendokoro Tamaruya, which has been around since the Edo period, is a famous shop known for its thin baked rice crackers, Shirakawaji.

At present, it is also opened in the Japanese sweets section on the first basement floor of Takashimaya Kyoto shop for a limited time.

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Now, at Shinnyodo temple, cherry blossoms in full bloom welcome visitors.

Beside the main hall is "Tatekawa Sakura" which is connected to Kasuga no Tsubone and is known as a wet nurse of Iemitsu Tokugawa.

The cherry trees are said to have been planted by Kasuga no Tsubone to pray for the soul of her father Toshimitsu Saito, who was a senior vassal of Mitsuhide Akechi.

The weeping cherry blossoms of the three-storied pagoda and the yaezakura of the bell tower are beautiful, and behind the main hall, the cherry blossoms and green maple trees are also very beautiful!

There is also a stone monument near the main hall that says "A monument to the birth of Kyoto Eiga.".

In 1908, "Honnoji Gassen" was the first movie shot in Japan using a cinematograph.

It is said that this memorable work was set in the precincts of Shinnyodo.

Even in the season when cherry blossoms and fresh greenery are beautiful, there are scenes like a movie here and there in the grounds.


Kyo no Osendokoro Tamaruya Honten
5 Shichiku Higashitakanawa-cho, Nishi-iru, Imamiya-sagaru, Horikawa-dori, Kita Ward, Kyoto City
2 minutes walk from Higashitakanawacho City Bus or Kyoto Bus stop


Shinshogokuraku-ji Temple Shinnyo-do Temple
82 Jodoji Shinnyo-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
10 minutes walk from the Shinnyodo-mae City bus stop

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