Japanese confectionery art
Nijo-Wakasaya main shop is on Nijo-Ogawa, near the Nijo castle.
Entering the shop, I was surprised to see the big confectionary arts in the show cases. What a gorgeous and delicate work it is!
Nijo-wakasaya is known as the shop for yakiimo (grilled sweat potato), but I think their confectionary art is worth looking at even though we can’t eat them.
The 5 stories pagoda made of sugar!
There are some ordinary kinds of sweets are displayed in the show case like Japanese soft cookies made from rice powder, dried sweets, and fresh sweets made of beans and sugar.
But the art confectionaries in the large case are very rare to see. I’ve never seen them in other sweets shops in Kyoto.
Pine tree and Peony was also beautiful.
We can find their high skills of making delicate sweets.
The founder of Nijo-wakasaya, Yoshijiro Fujita studied under the head family, who had exhibited the art confectionary for the universal exposition in Paris.
We can have tea and sweets in the shop seeing these beautiful arts.
The sweets craftsman as their hobby ?!
I was wondering why it is written that “The sweets craftsmen as the hobby.” on their shop sign. What does it mean?
It doesn’t mean they are making the art confectionary as their hobby.
The episode is here. A founder made the campaign called “The sale of my hobby” for 3 days from June 16th 1937. Time was limited from 6:16am to 6:16pm. The advertisement on the newspaper gain a lot of customers and the sweets were sold out!
From the point of view as the owner of the small tea house KOTO, I am wondering I can make some great popular campaign or services…
Sweet potato which makes your family happy!
“Yakiimo” is the grilled sweet potato which is one of the flagship sweets of Nijo-wakasaya. The name is a little difficult to read because they are using the original Chinese character for “Ya Ki I Mo” (家喜芋).
It means the happiness of the family.
Since it is popular among both adults and children, I’m sure it will make the family happy if we bring them for the gift.
Ubatama made of agar and black sugar.
Today I bought cooler sweets called “ubatama” since it was 28℃ in Kyoto even in the end of April. These are made from black sugar and agar.
The design was created from the small fruits of the black berry lily.
Although we can buy them whole in the year, it’s more like summer sweets.
Since the black berry lily is the symbol flower for Gion Festival in July (One of the 3 biggest festivals in Kyoto), it’ll be the great sweets for tea ceremony in July.
Nijo Wakasaya has the café in Teramachi-Nijo also, where we can have delicious shaved ice in summer. Maybe I’d like to introduce it next time.
333-2 Nishi Daikoku-cho Ogawa higashiiru Nijo-dori Nakagyo-ku Kyoto
Business hour： 8：00～18:00 (Mon-Sat)／ 8：00～17:00(Sun)