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    Elegant handmade Japanese sweets

    Kanshundo is an old Japanese sweet shop that opened in the late Edo period (1603-1868) and its history has continued up to the present 6th generation owner.  A very unique item of Kanshundo is the Chaju no Utsuwa.  Matcha green tea is served in a thick large tea bowl, which also can actually be eaten as it is made with sugar and dough.  After drinking the matcha, break the bowl and enjoy it as a sweet – such a playful concept combining traditional and new ideas.  Another interesting item is Kai Awase (5 pieces; 1,890 yen), a sweet in the form of a seashell with a sweet bean filling.  The name is from an old popular game which nobles in the Heian period (794-1185) enjoyed using seashells.  For spring, a small sweet dumpling filled with an elegant pink cherry blossom color bean paste is put in a real clamshell and served.  The filling’s flavor and color is changed seasonally (matcha green tea for summer, yuzu citrus for autumn, black beans and gold powder for winter).  This is truly a very elegant and sophisticated sweet symbolizing Japanese delicateness.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC. and introduced in "Nihon Zenkoku Sakura No Bimi Techo", Fujin-gaho, April issue, 2012


    Name Kanshundo
    Address Ohashi-kado, Kawabata-dori Shomen, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-561-4019
    Hours 9:00-18:00
    Closed No holidays
    Recommended *Kai Awase is available all year round (cherry filling: early Feb. to early May only).