Learn the history of traditional Japanese confections
Kyoto confectionery museum is located to the west of Kyoto Imperial Palace, and you can learn the historical transition of Japanese sweets through their exhibitions. Originally, nuts and fruits are an origin of Japanese sweets according to the chronicles of Japan. After tenshin (Chinese sweets) were imported from China in the Nara period (710-794) as well as castella, conpei-to (sugar candy), and more from Portugal to Japan in 1546. Confectionery has become a part of Japanese sweets called wagashi by the Edo period. Inside the museum, there are some old confectionery molds exhibited with their replica of the sweets for each period. These are collections of the founder of the museum. Even though the guide of all the exhibitions are not in English, you will enjoy historical Kyoto sweets because the museum offers Japanese tea with wagashi for ￥700. Since the entrance fee is free, try to have it!
Look Carefully At A Frame For Wagashi
The Mt. Fuji shaped wooden molds looks very retro. There are a wide range of sweet molds with patterns such as, seasonal flowers, house marks, and more in the museum. The shapes are a bit different depending on the period. Compare this with others for details.
Some Replica Of Wagashi From The Nara Period
These sweets were originally from China. They are fried or boiled with flour or grains. The Japanese missioner who learned the Chinese culture in China called Kento-shi went back to Japan with their recipe and sold them. This cooking method impacted the Japanese sweet culture at that time. Hence, these sweets are dedicated to a lot of temples and shrines for some events even now.
The flower arrangement is surprisingly all made with sugar. It was made for the sweets competition which is held once every 4 years. Even if you look at it closely, you wouldn’t realize that it is all made of sugar. The next competition will be held in 2017 in Mie prefecture. The artisan has been trying to come up with a good idea for the next competition!
Take A Rest In A Tea Room
The museum offers Japanese tea with wagashi for ￥700. You could choose one sweets among three types. One of them are called Unryu (a dragon in the cloud) because the chief monk at Shokoku-ji Temple asked them to make an original sweets with an image of the temple to the shop, they made the sweets with motif of a dragon painting which you can see at the temple. There are 2 other flavors that are changed according to the season. As the entrance fee is free, please have them instead.
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Kyoto Confectionery Museum / 京菓子資料館
|Category||Museums & Galleries|
|Address||331-2, Yanaginozushicho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-0021|
|Directions||3-minute walk from Subway Imadegawa Stn (Exit 2)|
|Open Hours||10am - 5pm|
Japanese tea with wagashi ￥700
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
English brochures are available for free. It is located on the west side of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Easy to access.
|Information||Japanese and English|
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|