Dec 18,2016 Namayatsuhashi Doudosuka? (How about getting some Namayatsuhasi for souvenir?)
They say that Yatsuhashi are most noted souvenir of Kyoto from the past. In fact, turnover of yatsuhashi reach 45.6 percent of sweet souvenirs from Kyoto. They have the shape of triangle and delicate sweet with thin dough wrap with a filling of sweet azuki (sweet beans) .
This confection attract people. I introduce you to this Namayatsuhashi.
What means “nama”…?
“Nama” means raw, so namayatsuhashi are raw-yatsuhashi, that is, yatsuhashi are not raw. Yatsuhashi are baked and hard like cookies. Yatsuhashi mean eight bridges, come from Yatsuhashi Kengyou who the originator of Yatsuhashi school. This school is school of Koto (Japanese harp), and is known tune “Rokudan no shirabe (Music of six steps)”. When Yatsuhashi Kengyou passed away, they started selling yatshuhashi in memory of him in1685. Yatsuhashi are loved to this day.
On the other hand, Yatsuhashi shops knew that it is nice to eat dough of yatsuhashi without baking. In 1966, they started making sweets whose dough filled with azuki without baking. In this way, Namayatsuhashi came into being.
Good enough of nature in Japan!
Materials of Namayatsuhashi is important. In one of the confectionery companies of Namayatsuhashi and so on, OTABE which is famous for Yatsuhashi, materials of dough is rice flour from Koshihikari (variety of rice) which is nice. Also, azuki is Erimo azuki made in Tokachi (Hokkido Pref.). And, they prepare water from Uriwari (Fukui Pref.). Uriwari means that water is too cold like cutting gourds. This water is selected exquisite water in Japan. Namayatsuhashi are the special sweets that contains good enough of nature in Japan.
You enjoy various Namayatsuhashi.
The standard flavor of Namayatsuhashi is matcha (green tea), nikki (cinnamon), but you always enjoy eating Namayatsuihashi because there are various Namayatsuhashi for the four seasons. We want you to find the flavor of sakura (cherry blossom) in spring, yuzu (citron) in summer, kuri (chestnut) and Satsumaimo (sweet potato) in fall, kuromame (black soybeans) in winter, and other flavors of Namayatsuhashi. You will think that these are colorful and KAWAII! Today, Kotabe, the small size of Otabe, and the chocolate flavor of Namayatsuhashi are popular.
Let’s eat Namayatshuhashi when you come Kyoto!!