Our third piece introduces Mutsuko Sakurada, who manages a Michelin two-star restaurant “Sakurada.”
She learns Sado (Tea ceremony) from the 14th head of Mushanokoji Senke. “When I first visited the head’s house to practice Sado 7 years ago, I had a Japanese summer sweet called “Aoume” (meaning green plum) from Kyokado Toshiyasu. It was so beautiful and delicious! Kyokado Toshiyasu is what made me want to keep on studying Sado.”
The store’s fresh sweets are to be purchased only from order. For gifts, she usually buys “Toto,” which is made with “an” (sweet bean paste) of Ditokuji Temple beans inserted between two crackers made from “fu” (thin bread of wheat). Toto, which stands for the sound of waves and the boiling sound of an iron pot, was named by the 13th head of Mushanokoji Senke.
Ms. Sakurada comments, “The soft an with the strong flavor of the beans is a perfect marriage with the hard crackers. Those who practice Sado love it.”
Kyokado Toshiyasu along the Kamogawa River is a 10-minute walking distance from Sanjo Keihan station.
Address: 226 Nanbacho, Nijo Kawabata-dori Higashi-iru, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Hours: 9 am to 6 pm
Closed: Sundays, national holidays and the 3rd, 4th and 5th Wednesdays of every month