Gyoja-mochi, Available only on July 16

July 24, 2019

In Kyoto, we have some confections exclusively available only during the Gion Festival (祇園祭り) season.

 

For example, the float called Uradeyama (占出山) sells a sweet cake called Kiccho-Ayu (吉兆あゆ, fish shaped pancake with gummy rice cake called Gyuhi inside) manufactured by Daigokuden-honpo (大極殿本舗) only from July 14 to 16.

 

Among many other, the most famous one is Gyoja-mochi (行者餅) manufactured by Kashiwaya Mitsusada (柏屋光貞) available only on July 16. This cake has a story which shows a deep connection with Enno Gyoja Yama (役行者山) float: long time ago, the owner of Kashiwaya Mitsusada dedicated Gyoja-mochi to the deity of Enno Gyoja Yama float, and people who ate the cake after the festival stayed healthy for a long time, hence, this cake is said to be beneficial for healthy life and longebity. The cake is made of three layers, a Gyuhi cake, Japanese pepper seasoned white miso (味噌) sauce, and a crape.

 

It's very precious becuase it's avalilable only on one day a year. If you haven't had it before, please try!

 

 

 

 

 

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