An un-cool Kyoto sweet café where the cool gather
“An un-cool restaurant where the cool gather” and “The countryside in Kyoto” – this is a famous phrase in the Rakugo (traditional Japanese comical story-telling drama) often performed by the popular Rakugo actor, Bunnosuke Katsura the Second, who is also the founder of this café. In their early years, the café served Ama-zake (sweet cloudy sake) and their homemade taste has been handed down to the present day. In those days, Ama-zake was a popular beverage for travelers making the long pilgrimage to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Yasaka Jinja Shrine. They use a rice known as “Nipponbare” from Shiga prefecture which is best for making Ama-zake as the rice’s texture remains in the sake. Their warabi-mochi (sweet jelly-like sweet) is made from Japanese warabi (bracken) harvested in the southern area of Kyushu. They purchase red beans from Okayama prefecture and rice for dumplings from Niigata prefecture – all the finest ingredients from the best areas. Simple is best as the quality of the ingredients used at Bunnosuke Jaya readily testify.
Photo:Koichi Higashitani Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
|Name||Bunnosuke Jaya Main Shop|
|Address||373 Yasaka Kami-machi, Shimogawara-dori Higashi-iru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto|
|Recommended||Warabi-mochi (souvenior): 680 yen for 2 peopple; 890 yen for 3 people; Amazake powder (souvenior): 420 yen|
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