Kagizen Yoshifusa was established in the mid-Edo period. They have continued making Kyogashi (Kyoto sweets) at the corner of Kyoto’s “Hanamachi”, the stylish district of Gion. Like the numerous long-established sweet shops in Kyoto, the sweets have been offered to common shoppers, the “Chajin” (tea connoisseur) and temple priests alike, but being situated in Gion, our sweets have been enjoyed widely in sphere of the cultured writers, artists, and patrons, along with the women of the “Hanamachi”.
The sweets of Kagizen now have not changed its ways from the past. Carefully selected ingredients as its base, they are the hand-works of craftsmen employing the simple recipe handed down through the generations — diligently and with great care. Our priority is placed on our finely honed established taste so that we may continue to please our customers with each passing day.
Kyoto is a city with great history. The Emperor had resided here for more than 1000 years, and the culture of Noh, Tea ceremony, painting and poems flourished among the assembly of Shrines and Temples. And it was within this great capital city that “Kyogashi “(Kyoto’s pastry) was refined and perfected among rivals and demands of the highest quality. Aspects such as the uniquely rich seasonal changes and various elements of Japanese culture are tucked into the making of Kyogashi which make them charming and imagined to be like an edible jewel. The charm and fascination are not just confined in the sweets alone. It is only with much attention to the fine design details of the box, wrapping and leaflet that it becomes a complete and finished product. This aspect of Kyogashi itself can be said to be a culture.
It is the desire that this refined aspect and “taste” developed over the many years will continue to be conveyed, with the drawers of new idea always being facilitated. And, wish that it can be enjoyed with all five senses. After all, it is the sweets that add to our lives the rich colors.