Delicate and elegant beauty of Kyoto’s handmade sweets
The first generation owner of Shioyoshiken worked for a long-established shop, Shiojiken, on Imadegawa Omiya in Kyoto and was later allowed to open his own shop in 1882. Today, the 4th generation owner still hangs an old curtain received by the first generation owner from Shiojiken as credence of their relationship and tradition. They use only the finest quality ingredients and the owner always visits Tamba during harvesting time to buy the best red beans directly from farmers. Wasanbom extra fine sugar is from Shikoku Island. Their sweets represent the seasons of Kyoto. For spring, people come here to buy the dumplings that they bring out with them for cherry blossom viewing. For summer, sweet red bean jelly wrapped with a bamboo leaf look cool to the eyes and tastes delicious in your mouth. For cold winter months, sweet red bean soup that can be made at home by just adding hot water is nice for warming up your body. Regular customers recognize seasonal change by enjoying Shioyoshiken’s sweets.
Photos taken by Yasuo Kubota
Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC. Introduced in the “Bimi Techo in Japan” magazine, Fujin-gaho April issue 2012.
|Address||Kuromon-dori Nakadachiuri-agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto|
|Closed||Sun., national holidays, 3rd Wed.|
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