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Yokan by Toraya
Yokan with the History from the 16th Century?
Date:29, Sep, 2021
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Yokan (azuki bean jelly) produced by Toraya is one of the Japanese popular wagashi (traditional confectionery). They opened the stores in Paris (1980-) and New York (1993-2003), I suppose there must be a few who have heard their name.


Nobody's seen Toraya first appear in this world. They were originally founded in Kyoto of the 16th Century. At least, we are very hard to find someone who's lived since the 16th century in Japan. Have you ever met anyone? And they began to work as a purveyor to the Imperial Court in Kyoto under the Emperor Go-Yōzei's reign (1586–1611). Then they'd been for the successive emperors until 1869. Transfer of the capital went on in 1869, they left Kyoto and moved to Tokyo together with the Emperor Meiji.


As mentioned above, Toraya's Yokan are pretty popular over the borderlines. But I have got nothing special with them somehow. Why? I was born and have lived in the northern Osaka next to Kyoto. It means Kyoto is a neighboring spot to me. And we can casually see long-standing food stores in Kyoto streets. So I guess it maybe made me feel nothing with Toraya. How is their Yokan? Try it actually, that's all. My opinion says delicious.





 

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