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July 18, 2011

Mame-mochi from Futaba

Futaba in Demachi-yanagi, near the Masugata shopping arcade, is one of the most popular wagashi (Japanese sweets) shops in Kyoto. It was established in 1896 (Meiji 26).

[Futaba, wagashi shop in Demachi-yanagi]

They sell "mame-mochi," rice cakes with a filling of azuki beans (both whole ones and a paste inside) - nothing fancy, a sturdy snack loved by ordinary Kyotoites.

Mamemochi are not too sweet, they have a resilient texture and are at the same time soft and easy to eat. The smell of the beans is also good.

[Mame-mochi]

Confectionery shops of Kyoto are divided into two types: Omanya and Kashiya. Omanya are shops selling ohagi, dango and sweets based on mochi as Futaba. Kashiya are the more exclusive shops catering to the tea ceremony.

There are always people lining up in front of Futaba, even in the cold winter.