Our second oldest signature product since 1920, Kyōkanze is made by rolling together two layers: a layer of red bean yōkan, and a layer of “murasame-an” which is rice flour mixed with red bean paste, crumpled and then steamed. These two layers would be rolled together by hand to create the iconic water ripple shape.
The name “Kyōkanze” came from a famous well near our Kyoto Main Store called “Kanze Ido.” According to legend, the sky above Kyoto suddenly turned cloudy, then a dragon descended into the well. After that, the surface of the water inside the well was constantly rippling, and this is said to have inspired the "Kanze" water ripple pattern used in traditional fabric and also the name of one Noh Theatre school “Kanze-ryu.”
Best-before date: 3 weeks
Availability: all year long, all stores (store list)
Kanten (seaweed jelly)