June 30 is "Nagoshi no harae".
It is an ancient ritual to drive away evil and pray for good health for the remaining six months after the evils of the past six months.
In Kyoto, people pass through a "Chinowa" set up at a shrine and eat "Minazuki."
Minazuki is a traditional Japanese confection consisting of a triangular Uiro that resembles ice and adzuki beans to ward off evil spirits.
In this season, Minazuki is lined up in many Japanese confectionery shops, and you can feel the arrival of real summer.
This time, we will introduce "Honke Tsukimochi-ya Naomasa" in Kiyamachi Sanjo.
It is a long-established store that was established in 1804, and it has many Japanese sweets that have been loved by people in Kyoto for a long time.
This "Minatsuki" is characterized by chewy Uiro topped with adzuki beans and chestnuts.
We can choose from plain and matcha, and if you order it, it will cut not only into triangles but also into squares.
There are many kinds of fresh sweets in particular, and I want to go there every day because they are reasonable even though they use high quality ingredients.
There are many types of "Kanoko" such as "Kyo Kanoko" and "Tora Kanoko."
We can enjoy various tastes and expressions depending on the beans used, such as white beans and tiger beans.
For example, "Kyo Kanoko" has a mild taste with white bean paste, white beans and candied chestnuts.
"Tora Kanoko" has white bean paste, Toramame beans and Kinkan seaweed, and the refreshing flavor spreads in our mouth.
It looks cute and is wrapped in beautiful wrapping paper, so it is perfect for gifts.
The light blue wrapping paper is inspired by the Takase River and Kamogawa River that flow near the store.
The fluffy "Warabi Mochi" with lots of koshi-an has a unique look and taste.
"Warabi Mochi" is so popular that it sells out quickly, so I recommend you to reserve it at the store.
If we eat Japanese sweets in the shade of a tree in Kamo gawa River, we might be able to forget the heat.
Honke Tsukimochi-ya Naomasa
530 Kamiosaka-cho, Kiyamachi-dori Sanjo-agaru, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
3 minutes walk from Keihan Sanjo Station