Hundreds of years ago, court nobles in Kyoto would eat shaved ice in early summer to pray for good health during Japan’s infamously hot summer. Ice blocks were kept in storage in the snowy region of Hokuriku and transported all the way to Kyoto, making ice incredibly expensive.
Commoners would eat sweets in triangle shape to simulate eating ice blocks, and this gave birth to Minazuki which is still eaten in the Kyoto area to this day.
Minazuki is traditionally made by steaming sheets of rice flour and adding red beans, a symbol of good luck.
We take pride in using only the finest large red beans, and keeping the steamed rice flour as juicy as possible.
Best-before date: 1 day
Availability: June 29 - 30, Kyoto area stores (store list)