BLOGWalking2021.12.05

The Three Sisters Legend and "Aneyakoji-dori Street"

Did you know that December 6 is "Ane no Hi (Older Sister's Day)" in Japan?

This is a memorial day proposed in 1992 by the cartoonist Kunio Hatada, a researcher of sibling styles.

First of all, it must be three months after "Imouto no Hi (Yonger Sister's Day)", September 6.

It is said that December 6 is the anniversary of Saint Nicholas's death, which is the origin of Sister's Day.

St. Nicholas is said to be the model of Santa Claus.

The Three Sisters Legend, which is said to be one of the origins of Santa Claus, has been handed down.

The legend is that St. Nicholas saved the plight of the eldest daughter of a poor family with a gold coin.

At this moment the gold coin which St. Nicholas had thrown in through the window came accidentally into the fireplace sock.

This legend is said to be the beginning of hanging socks on Christmas Eve.

That's why Hatada set the anniversary of St. Nicholas's death as Sister's Day.

On December 6, when people think of their elder sisters, they call it Santa Claus Day in Europe.

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Speaking of Kyoto's "Ane (older sister)" is "Aneyakoji (Anekoji) -dori Street".

It is a street between Oike-dori Street and Sanjo-dori Street that runs from Kiyamachi-dori Street in the east to Sai-dori Street (Kasuga-dori Street) in the west.

Cultural facilities such as the Kyoto Museum of Culture and the Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum.

In addition, it is an interesting street where new facilities such as Shinpukan and Ace Hotel Kyoto coexist.

Some of these areas are designated as Anegakoji Kaiwai District Building Agreement areas, which restrict the height and use of buildings.

Especially from Gokomachi-dori to Karasuma-dori, there are many old shops, small shops and machiyas, and the atmosphere of the old days still remains.

For example, '総本家 河道屋 (Sohonke Kawamichiya)' was established in the Genroku era of the Edo period.

The signboard of "蕎麦ほうる (Soba Houru)" with a sense of history is wonderful.

Sobahouru 'is a famous confection of Kyoto created by Yasubei KAWADOYA, the 13th, from the end of the Edo period to the early Meiji period.

The sobabouro is simple yet has a refined taste, and it is recommended to serve it with tea.

If you look closely, there is a brick chimney on the roof of Sohonke Riverside House!

Santa Claus may come from the chimney.

Around this area, town names such as "姉大東町 (Ane-Daito-cho)" and "姉菊屋町 (Ane-Kikuya-cho)" related to her sister can be seen.

How about walking while feeling the sign of Christmas?


Souhonke Kawamichiya
Nishi-iru, Miyuki-cho, Anekoji Street, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
A short walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Subway Station


Here is for "Misokaan Kawamichiya", which is famous soba restaurant since the Edo period

Here is for "仁丹の日 (Jintan no Hi)" and the board showing the town name of Jintan in Kyoto

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