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Sweets associated with Gozan Okuribi

[2023] 6 sweets associated with Gozan Okuribi

Gozan no Okuribi, one of Kyoto's summer traditions, is a traditional event to send back the spirits of ancestors who have returned to the world during the Obon festival. Therefore, we will introduce sweets related to Gozan no Okuribi, which only appear during this period when the lingering summer heat is still severe. From colorful and cool sweets to kozenzai that will make you feel relieved, we have a lineup that can be recommended as a souvenir for your homecoming or as an offering to your ancestors.

1.[Tawaraya Yoshitomi] Beautiful to look at, delicious to eatGozan no Mikasa / Karasuma Imadegawa

Tawaraya Yoshitomi has been making traditional Kyoto sweets since it was founded in 1755. Unryu, which is wrapped in ogura bean paste and murasame bean paste and represents a dragon riding on a cloud, is known as a representative confection, and there are also many fans of seasonal Japanese confectionery with the motif of Kyoto festivals. The Gozan Mikasa, which is available at this time, is carefully hand-baked one by one, and comes in a set of three types: one with black bean paste and mochi, one with marmalade, and one with black bean paste and raisins. Not only is it cute to look at, but you can also enjoy a variety of flavors.

Tawaraya Yoshitomi Mikasa of the Five Mountains

Gozan no Mikasa 972 yen for 3 pieces per box. On sale until August 16th (Wednesday)

Tawaraya Yoshitomi Karasuma

  • Tawaraya Yoshitomi Karasuten
  • Karasuma-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 minutes walk from Subway "Imadegawa Station"
  • Tel.075-432-3101
  • 9:00-17:00
  • open every day (except New Year's Day)
  • https://kyogashi.co.jp/

2.[Tsuruya Yoshinobu] Kyoryo with smooth taste and elegant sweetness / Horikawa Imadegawa

Established in 1803 (Kyowa 3), a long-established Kyoto confectionery [Tsuruya Yoshinobu]. The 1st floor of the main store, which incorporates the style of sukiya architecture into the traditional Kyoto townhouse style, is lined with famous sweets that have been loved for a long time, such as yuzu mochi, which has been around for about 150 years. Among the seasonal Japanese sweets available, this is the one where you can enjoy the coolness of Kyoto for a moment. Ogura mizu-yokan mimics the capital letters of Nyoigatake, and when served on a plate, the capital letters of red bean jelly emerge. Chill it and enjoy the smooth taste and the texture of Tamba Dainagon adzuki beans.

Tsuruya Yoshinobu Kyoryo

Kyoryo 378 yen per piece. *Limited release only online (reception by mid-August) and Kyoto stores (until August 20 (Sun))

Tsuruya Yoshinobu Main Store

  • Tsuruya Yoshinobu Honten
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Kamigyo Ward, Imadegawa-dori
  • Short walk from "Horikawa Imadegawa" bus stop
  • Tel.075-441-0105
  • 1F (Shop) / 9:00-18:00
    2F (rest area, Kayu Chaya) / 10:00-17:30 (LO / 17:00)
  • Closed on Wednesdays (temporary business available)
  • All seats non-smoking No private room
  • https://www.tsuruyayoshinobu.jp/

3.A cute egg rice cracker that looks like a paper fan [Seki Confectionery Honpo (Tobeian)] capital fan / Daishogun Nishioji

Since its founding in 1922 (Taisho 11), a long-established Kyoto rice cracker shop [Seki Confectionery Honpo (Tobei-an)] has pursued better quality and taste while cherishing hand-baked by craftsmen while inheriting the old manufacturing method and tradition. ]. In addition to popular products such as the matcha Kurama cedar, which is a crispy rolled wafer filled with plenty of rich matcha cream, egg rice crackers branded with the Gozan stamps and Miyako fan are available for a limited time. With a toothpick pierced into it, it looks cute and looks like a paper fan.

Seki confectionery head office capital fan

518 yen for 7 fans, 1101 yen for 15. Gozan no Okuribi design will be on sale until August 31st (Thursday)

Seki confectionery main office (Fujibeian)

  • Seika Seika Honpo Tobeian
  • 135 Daishogun Higashitakatsukasacho, Kita Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 10 minute walk from JR Enmachi Station
    6 minutes on foot from Randen "Kitano Hakubaicho Station"
  • Tel.075-463-7185
  • 10:00-17:00
    Closed on Sundays and public holidays, irregular holidays on Saturdays
  • https://sekiseika.com/

4.Kyoto fan from Kanshundo /Higashiyama

Kanshundo is a long-established store that has been preserving the noren of making Japanese sweets since the time when the Great Buddha of Kyoto existed at Hokoji Temple in Higashiyama. For generations, we have inherited traditional techniques and are particular about using high-quality ingredients to create seasonal Japanese sweets. At Kanshundo, Kyoto Uchiwa fans are adorable sweets that appear only this season. The traditional confection, kankingyoku, made by boiling down agar and sugar until it hardens, is made into the shape of a fan, and the patterns of the bonfires of the five mountains are drawn on it. The colorful colors are very refreshing, making it the perfect gift for the current season. Reservation required.

Kanshundo Kyoto fan

Gozan Okuribi 486 yen for a pack of 5 Kyoto fans. On sale until Wednesday, August 16, reservation required

Kanshundo Main Store

  • Kanshundo Honten
  • 292-2 Kamihorizumecho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 3-minute walk from Keihan Shichijo Station
  • Tel.075-561-4019
  • 9:00-17:00
  • No holidays (except January 1st and 2nd)
  • https://www.kanshundo.co.jp/

5.Beating the heat with Kaichu Shiruko from [Kyogashi Tsukasa Suetomi] / Karasuma Gojo

130 years after its founding, [Kyogashi Tsukasa Suetomi] still maintains the old-fashioned formality and continues to make heartfelt sweets. The charm of Kyoto confectionery is not only the taste, but also the eyes and ears, and various sweets have been created. At [Kyoto Kashi Tsukasa Suetomi], Kyoto Gozan version of Kaizenzai, which has been loved by the people of Kyoto for more than 100 years as a food to beat the heat in the hot midsummer, has appeared. On a hot day, you want to recharge your energy with a gentle sweetness of Zenzai.

Kyogashi Tsukasa Suetomi

Pocket Zenzai 3780 yen for 5 pieces. On sale until August 16th (Wednesday)

Kyogashi Tsukasa Suetomi Main Store

  • Kyogashitsukasa Setomi Honten
  • 295 Tamatsushimacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 5-minute walk from Subway Gojo Station
  • Tel.075-351-0808
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Closed on Sundays and public holidays
  • https://www.kyoto-suetomi.com/

6.Kyoto Gozan / Karasuma of [Kogetsu], which is made by sandwiching sticky bean paste between crispy grilled skin

[Kyogashi Kogetsu] has created sweets that go beyond the framework of traditional Kyoto sweets, such as Senju Senbei, which is a corrugated cookie dough sandwiched with cream. The Gozan of Kyoto, which is sold only during the Gozan no Okuribi, is a gem of a springy grilled skin sandwiched with a special red bean paste made in-house. Dainagon adzuki beans are wrapped in a chewy rice cake wrapper with gold leaf and branded with the characters of the Gozan, which resembles the bonfire of the Gozan.

Kyoto Confectionery Kogetsu

1,404 yen for 5 pieces of Kyoto Gozan. Available at all stores and the official online shop from August 11th (Friday) to 16th (Wednesday)

Kyoto Confectionery Kogetsu Shijo Karasuma

  • Today's spot
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Nakagyo Ward, Nishikikoji-dori, Karasuma Southeast Kakushomachi 681
  • A short walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station and Subway Shijo Station
  • Tel.075-221-1641
  • 9:00-18:00
    open every day (except New Year's Day)
  • https://www.kogetsu.com/
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