Chogoro Mochi Honpo

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    Chogoro Mochi Honpo

    Long-standing Japanese sweet shop standing by Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

    Chogoro Mochi is one of Kyoto’s long-standing Japanese sweet shops in Kyoto that served the imperial family until the end of the Edo period (1600-1868).  In 1587, a powerful lord, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, (1537-1598) held a huge tea ceremony party at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine.  The first generation owner of the shop, Chogoro Kawachiya, offered a rice cake with sweet red bean filling to Hideyoshi and he liked so much that he allowed Chogoro to serve the rice cake named Chogoro Mochi (Chogoro’s rice cake).  All of their rice cakes, including the Chogoro Mochi, use rice from Omi (Shiga prefecture), considered the best for making rice cakes.  They still pound rice by hand with a pestle and offer sacred large pieces of rice cakes to Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine.  The photo is of the Kagami Mochi: from 3,200 yen for 1.5 kg.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,January issue,2012


    Name Chogoro Mochi Honpo
    Address Ichijo Shichihonmatsu-nishi, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-461-1074 
    Hours 8:00-18:00
    Closed Thurs.
    Recommended Chogoro Senbeicha Set (350 yen) and other menu items can be enjoyed in the café space.