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Kyuemon Ito Hydrangea Festival - Seasonal Matcha Treats In Kyoto
Kyuemon Ito is an established producer of high-grade Uji matcha in Kyoto. In June 2019 they will have a special Hydrangea Festival menu including three matcha desserts that are reminiscent of hydrangea to celebrate the famous rainy season flower.
June means raining season in Japan and the flower that represents the raining season the most is the Hydrangea. They are beloved all over Japan as they thrive in the humid environment and make the grey days a little bit more colorful.
Kyuemon Ito is a matcha green tea producer in Kyoto with a history going back to the Edo Period. In their cafes, they offer tea and treats only using their finest matcha.
During the rainy season, selected Kyuemon Ito stores will offer a "Hydrangea Festival" menu. It will be featuring a variety of matcha treats resembling the beautiful purple flower. Each item will be available from the beginning until the end of June 2019. If you spend more 1500 yen on the limited menu items you will be presented with a heart-shaped hydrangea coaster.
The breathtaking Hydrangea Parfait is created with layers of high-quality matcha sauce, mochi, and agar agar jelly cubes, homemade matcha ice cream and blueberry flavored jelly to resemble the color of hydrangeas. The parfait is topped with matcha cookies, whipped cream and a sweet potato-matcha wagashi (Japanese traditional artful sweets) known as kinton.
The parfait will be available as a single item for 1280 yen(including tax) and a parfait and tea set for 1680(including tax). You can only purchase the parfait at the Kyuemon Ito Uji Main Store and JR Uji Station Store.
Hydrangea Panna Cotta
The Hydrangea Panna Cotta (540 yen including tax) consists of rich matcha and milk pudding. It is topped with the same blueberry jelly as the Hydrangea Parfait. The Hydrangea Panna Cotta will only be available at the Kyuemon Ito Uji Main Store
Kinton is a traditional type of Japanese wagashi. It mainly consists of mashed and sweetened sweet potato. It the case of the Hydrangea Kinton it is arranged to look like a hydrangea. When you bite into it, the core will fill your mouth with the rich flavor of matcha.
The Hydrangea Kinton will be available in sets of three for 777 yen including tax. They will be available at the Kyuemon Ito Uji Main Store, the Uji Station Store and the Kyoto Station Store.
For more information please visit https://www.itohkyuemon.co.jp/corporate/shop/uji/
Kyuemon Ito Uji Main Store
Kyoto, Uji, Todo Aramaki 19-3
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 18:30 (Last order 18:00)
Written by Chiara Mischke
Picture courtesy Kyuemon Ito