For today’s piece, we introduce Yosuga from Kamesuehiro, recommended by Mr. Isomoto of Art Nishimura Co., Ltd. The company is part of the over 450-year old Kyo-Yuzen kimono group “Chiso.” In the past, the company has collaborated with brands such as Chloé, Marni, Fendi, and Giorgio Armani.
Kamesuehiro, introduced by Mr. Isomoto, was founded in 1804. It represents Kyoto as a confectionery brand and has allowed others to grow on the reputation of its brand, through its norenwake franchising. It only operates one main store and obstinately declines distribution to department stores and e-commerce websites.
“For gifts, I like to choose items that cannot be purchased so easily,” says Mr. Isomoto.
The symbolic “Kyo no Yosuga” packages Higashi, Hannama gashi (semi-baked sweets), rakugan, and Japanese toffee into a Japanese cedar wooden box that is imaged after a small sized tea room.
“Nowadays, anyone can buy items from Kyoto on the Internet. That is why I intentionally select items that can only be purchased here in Kyoto.”
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