Saga Tofu Morika

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    Saga Tofu Morika

    Soft and fresh Saga tofu is simply delicious

    Saga Tofu Morika is a long-standing shop established during the late 19th century.  It is located on the east side of Seiryo-ji Temple, which is famous for its national treasure, the standing statue of Shaka Nyorai.  Ever since opening, they have been providing tofu for Saga and Arashiyama’s local temples such as Tenryu-ji Temple, Japanese restaurants and ryokan inns.  Shiro tofu (white tofu), also known as Saga tofu, is made using carefully selected quality soy beans, pure spring water and calcium sulfate called Sumashi-ko instead of using nigari (magnesium chloride) as a solidifying agent to keep its soft texture.  When they had just started offering Shiro tofu, some people made fun of it saying, “One can’t even lift Morika’s tofu with chopsticks for it is too soft”.  However, after Yasunari Kawabata (the first Japanese author to receive the award Nobel Prize for Literature) wrote about their tofu in his novel, it gradually became famous throughout Japan.  It is not only soft but has the just the right body.  For a number of years, they only sold their products from their shop (today, Daimaru Kyoto department store stocks their products) thus many restaurants that serve their tofu opened in the area for the people who came from all over Japan to the Saga area to buy their products.  Among the scenic nature of Saga Arashiyama, enjoy Morika’s tofu and other products with all your senses.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,July issue,2011


    Name Saga Tofu Morika
    Address 42 Saga Shakado Fujinoki-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-872-3955
    Hours 8:00-18:00
    Closed Wed. (closed irregularly on Tues.)