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att.JAPAN Issue 43, November 2008

Yokohama Walking - Enticing Sweets

In 1859, Yokohama port opened and next year, 2009, the port will celebrate its 150th opening anniversary. Yokohama has a unique culture and exotic feeling, with luxury liners that lay at anchor at the port, modern buildings and old Western-style buildings. Each area, such as Minatomirai, China Town, and Motomachi is different in its own way and walking around Yokohama is very enjoyable.

A total of ten gates stand at the north, south, east and west corners of China Town in Yokohama. Passing through an ornate gate painted in bright colors and entering the town, countless gaudy signboards leap into view. White steam is seen rising here and there from main streets to back streets and delicious smells waft upon the air. There are stalls selling steamed meat buns, sesame dumplings, mango puddings, etc, on the streets.

Chinese restaurants, Asian food shops, and souvenir shops line the sides of Kaiteirodori Street. Tanakaya near Tencho Gate is a Japanese confectionery shop established in 1927. Hand-made Japanese confectioneries such as dumplings, mame-daifuku (a rice cake stuffed with bean jam), and dainagon-kanoko (cooked sweet beans) that are made from domestic ingredients including azuki beans (small red beans) and rice, without additives, are popular with foreign visitors.

Next, let's go to Motomachi. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868, many foreigners began to live in the Yamate area and the atmosphere of the town greatly changed. Western-style cafes, bakeries, furniture shops, clothing shops and hatters were opened one after another. Motomachi Shopping Street retains some of the atmosphere of those times and is still now a trendy spot of Yokohama. The Japanese confectionery Koroan is in this fashionable area and its modern building and red shop curtain reflect well the ambience of this town. A young confectioner in his early 30's creates original sweets that are based on tradition but with a modern essence. An autumn seasonal menu - "Akiminori set" - is served with green powdered tea. (JPY 840/ available till the end of November)

Mutekiro near Daikanzaka Slope opened as a French restaurant, serving Yokohama-style French, in 1981. Grand dessert "Surprising dessert" is served on a large plate 30 cm in diameter with "Pudding a la MUTEKIRO" of which the harmony created by caramel pudding, honeyed ice cream, seasonal fruits and jelly, and bitter chocolate is exquisite, along with home-made chocolate, strawberry shortcake and other special desserts. (JPY 1,200)

Restaurant and cake shop Kawori is close to Osanbashi in Yokohama Port and its building covered by green ivies is same as it was some 30 or 40 years ago. A monument informs visitors that this place originally was the site of a hotel, and also it is said to be the birthplace of Western cuisine and Western confectionery in Japan. The shop name Kaori derives from the scent of cherry blossoms, the national flower of Japan. "Sakura jelly" (cherry blossom jelly) is a sweet-and-sour jelly in which a syrupped petal of double cherry blossoms is put, and presents to the palate a chewy feeling and cool taste. Colorful fruit jellies, truffles, and raison sand cookies are popular as gift purchases.

"Harbor," a sponge cake in which chestnut bean jam is stuffed, is one of the most famous confections of Yokohama. A Japanese confectionery founded in 1936 originally sold this cake with the name "Maron" in 1954. Twelve years later, the cake's name was changed to "Harbor" after the harbor town of Yokohama. Due to the unfortunate bankruptcy of the shop some years later, the cake disappeared. Ariake Honkan Harbour's Moon, however, revived "Harbor" in 2001 at the request of local people and the cake-lovers. This shop also sells other confectionary items with a "Yokohama theme" and there is a cafe adjacent to the shop. Leaf pie "Tamagusu" is a Chinese sweet uniquely arranged by the pastry chef and served with Chinese tea in a set. (the set, JPY1,050)

Sogo Yokohama on the East Exit of Yokohama Station features "Dining Park Yokohama" with 32 restaurants on the 10th floor. A venerable tea store with over 250-year-old history from Kyoto opened a Japanese style cafe, Hayashiya Chaen in Kanto. "Hayashiya Anmitsu" consists of green tea ice cream, warabi-mochi (cakes made of bracken-root starch), and agar (JPY 945) and other monthly desserts using seasonal ingredients, all are delicious.

Cake shop Monte Rosa has a large lineup of Western cakes and sweets featuring motifs of views and history of Yokohama. "Yokohama LORIGUETTE" is a cookie made from almond powder with paste of honey and sugar, without wheat, which is based on a recipe used at a monastery in Lorraine, France. (JPY 1,050 / 5 pieces)


 Addresses

1 Tanakaya
5ls巳/36
136 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City

2 ϧKoroan
5ls2-40
1-40, Motomachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama City

3 ϰ Mutekiro
5ls2-96
2-96, Motomachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama City

4 "ࡦKawori
5ls巳50
70, Yamashita-cyo, Naka-ku, Yokohama City

5 怠6{#nСࡼ Ariake Honkan Harbours Moon
5ls26 ƥ_1F
City Tower Yokohama 1F, 36 NIhon-Odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama City

6 ) Rinya Chaen
5ls2-18-1"硦lŹ10F
Sogo Yokohama 10F, 2-18-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama City

7 ƥ Monte Rosa
5ls.-155
9-155 Choja-machi, Naka-ku, Yokohama City

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