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    The newborn Matsukaze for the next generations

    Matsukaze is one of the well-known and popular sweets originating in Kyoto.  The name, Matsukaze means “the pine tree shuddering in the breeze,” which is from a Japanese poem by the Buddhist monk, Kennyo (1543-1592).  Dough made of flour, sugar, white miso (soy bean paste) and a few other ingredients is simply baked.  The early family member of Mikito, Mr.Haruemon Otsuka Haruchika, created a similar baked sweet during Japan’s civil war period in the 16th century and provided them as the food for soldiers, when Lord Nobunaga Oda (1534-1582) attacked Hongan-ji Temple.  Since then, Matsukaze has been offered to the deity of the temple up until today.  As time passed, Matsukaze’s form and how it was made gradually changed until it settled into the present form after a while.  The dough is baked in a 45-cm diameter cake mold and cut into strips after baking.  The photo is of the small size one which is sold without being cut.  Using a small 7-cm diameter cake mold, every piece is wrapped individually which allows the cake to last longer in a better condition.  Another popular Matsukaze variety contains black beans from the Tanba region (northern Kyoto), the recipe for which was completed after a number of trials and errors (from 1,310 yen for 5 pieces).  They start to bake Matsukaze after receiving the order, so please call in advance.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,August issue,2013


    Name Mikito
    Address 1F Histoire Gosho Higashi Bldg., 190 Shin Karasuma Kashira-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-229-6326
    Hours 11:00-18:00
    Closed Irregularly (mainly closed on Wed. & Sun.)