Joyo manju, an essential sweet favored by tea ceremony masters for many years
Joyo manju is a well-known sweet with thin sweet dough wrapped around the smooth bean paste filling. It is often served at tea ceremony parties and offered as a gift in a celebration (since it is regarded as a symbol of an auspicious event). Kyokado Toshiyasu, located near the Kamo River, is known as a caterer of Joyo manju. Opened in 1903, they serve Japanese sweets especially favored by the Mushanokoji Senke, one of the three tea ceremony schools. “Juju,” a light and crispy gluten cracker, originated on the advice of the 13th Mushanokoji Senke master. “Shigure-gasa” is a thin pancake with sweet bean jelly sandwiched in the middle and is named from a famous poem by Buson Yosa. However, what makes Kyokado Toshiyasu famous is their Joyo manju. The outside is shiny and smooth. This is only achieved by using the finest ingredients, such as taro potato from Tanba (northern Kyoto), as well as careful preparation (they blend different kinds of rice flours for dough). The combination of a silky outside skin and sweet red bean paste filling is just perfect. Joyo manju is available only from November to early May. They become even more delicious during wintertime since newly harvested red beans and taro potatoes are available.
Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
|Address||226 Nanba-cho, Nijo-dori Kawabata-higashi-iru, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto|
|Closed||Sun., national holidays, 3rd, 4th, 5th Wed.|
|Recommended||Wrapping paper with auspicious motifs is also lovely.|
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