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Established in 1897, Oharameya is a long-standing Japanese confectionery maker with a shop in Kyoto’s Gion district. They currently make over 50 different kinds of Kyoto confectionery, including the immensely popular signature sweets that they are known for such as "manju"(steamed bean-jam bun) shaped like "kamaburo" (a type of traditional Japanese sauna) and "monaka" （round wafer filled with an） with a motif based on the Japanese umbrella.
Legend has it that over 1300 years ago, a member of the imperial family at the time (who became emperor after the war) was wounded in a civil war that took place inside Japan, and he recuperated at a "kamaburo" in a mountain village north of Kyoto. This confectionery is made in that shape. Inside, there is a white bean jam mixed with the citrus fruit yuzu. The fragrant yuzu has a very nice flavor.
Here is another of their specialty sweets, "wasure-gasa"(the forgotten umbrella).
It was created based on the "wasure-gasa", one of the seven wonders that is passed down at Kyoto’s Chion-in Temple.
* "wasure-gasa" ・・・ For some reason umbrellas with only their ribs were put behind the eaves of Mieido hall's front side.
It is a monaka cake with smooth-textured strained bean jam inside.
Their shop is surprisingly modern.
The shop is located in the Gion shopping street, which runs along shijo-dori street from Kamogawa river to Yasaka-jinja Shrine.