"Wagashi inspired by SOU・SOU's original textile design" has reached its 6th year.The theme of this year is the 24 solar terms.
We will be expressing modern wagashi with simpler textile design than our previous works by incorporating the elements of seasonal expressions.
"Textile name:Daikan(Heisei 25)"
Daikan is one of the 24 solar terms.The 24 solar terms is the calendar that had been used in China with one year divided into 24 seasons. Since it is made to fit the seasons in China and being the lunar calendar as well,there is a slight gap between the climate of today. However, up to certain period,it was the important basis to know the time for Japanese agricultural labors and it also had been considered useful as seasonal yardstick in daily life.
Daikan, written with two characters meaning "big" and "cold",literally expresses the coldest season in a year.The names of the 24 solar terms, such as Daikan, express seasons intelligibly by two characters,thus give us lasting impressions. Kanchu-mimai, cold season's greetings,is a greeting word during the period between Daikan and the preceding Shokan; in such way, it is still alive today in daily lives of Japanese people.
In Kyoto, there is a custom in January to eat a celebratory New Year's confection, "Hanabira-mochi", flower petal cake.Burdock, shiromiso-an (sweetened bean paste in white soybean paste flavor) and pink mochi (rice cake) are wrapped in either mochi or gyuhi (starch paste).
It is the confection for Urasenke's Hatsugama (the first tea ceremony of the New Year), a wagashi with high social standing.For the first "Wagashi inspired by SOU・SOU's original textile design" of the year, we created a confection associated with this Hanabira-mochi. Sweet boiled burdock is placed inside of miso-an and wrapped not by mochi but the dough of joyo-manju (steamed yam bun with sweetened bean paste inside). It is colored in red and white with a brand mark of the character "Fuku", good luck, and gold dust is sprinkled. On top, a half-moon shaped suri-mitsu (fondant) rice cracker is placed in association with the textile.

Here at SOU・SOU we have reached our tenth anniversary and we commemorate this momentous occasion with wagashi that are inspired by our signature textile prints.

SOU・SOU designed a new flower design corresponding to each month of the year in "Flower Notes For the Four Seasons', the booklet published by Nihon Kadou Sha, operated by Ikenobo*.

We collaborated with The noted Kyoto patisserie Kameya Yoshinaga.Together we created wagashi that emphasize Japanese seasonal changes as well as our graphic textile prints.

SOU・SOU's textile designer Katsuji Wakisaka has been publishing new textile design on monthly magazine, "PHP Special". The seasonal changes are expressed in our wagashi.

We collaborated with famous Kyoto patisserie Choukyudou.
Our pop vibrant textile design reflect changes in the seasons and these are also expressed in our wagashi.

At Zaifu, we serve a cup of green matcha tea (or choice of coffee) and our wagashi based on our textile design.

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The KAMEYA YOSHINAGA store descended from the famous confectionary Kameya Yoshian, that has the reputation of being one of the best Kyoto gourmet locales and it's fame reaches back to the Edo period when the store was first opened in 1803. Since then they've been in business in Sijo Samegai area in Kyoto till now. The owner of the store is the 7th generation.

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