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Food in Asakusa: Artisan Cute Japanese Lollipops!

Food in Asakusa: Artisan Cute Japanese Lollipops!

Food in Asakusa: Artisan Cute Japanese Lollipops!

Translated by Dan

Written by Shiori Nakajima

Tokyo 2014.05.06 Bookmark

Translated by Dan

Written by Shiori Nakajima

Artisan Lollipop Candies by Japanese Craftsman

"Kappa-bashi hondori(かっぱ橋本通り)" is one of the many streets you would miss by if you didn't know about it. It used to be a main road connecting Asakusa and Ueno. And on this street you can find "Omoshiro Okashi Kobo - Nakaichi(面白おかし工房 なかいち)"


These hand sized boxes are packed with candies handmade by craftsman. There're so many designs of these boxes, and the number actually goes beyond 120.


Of course there are designs of Asakusa, but there are also designs of Hakone mountain tram, greetings, artworks of Yumeji Takehisa, and "The king of mountain of Japan, Mt. Fuji"! Each box costs only 300 yen + tax. When finished with the candies, the boxes can be used as a card case or a box to keep small items.

As a Gift for Others and Yourself

According to the store staff, tourists to and from abroad choose these candies as a gift. And for some reason, it's famous among the members of Japanese Self-Defense force.

Not only the designs of the candies are good, but also their tastes. Even with the standard lollipops, there are four flavors which are cider, strawberry, orange, and lemon. Seasonable candies have such a great design that makes you hesitate to bite on it.


You can even find a candy that says "お疲れ様", meaning "Thank you for your hard work" that contains curcumae rhizoma, an ingredient said to help your body to stay healthy in many ways. By the way, "Curcumae Rhizoma" in Japanese is "ukon(ウコン)".


This Nakaichi also sells colorful Konpeito(金平糖), a sugar candy. It is sold in a container of a cat, or as a candle in a cute can. The word "Konpeito" origins to the Portuguese word confeito, which means sugar candies.


There are even tablet cases with one of the names of station on Yamanote line, or a "Sushi Candy", something to have fun with.


If you ever get tired of the major souvenirs of Asakusa, please visit this place and find some interesting candies. Your favorite candy should be here!


Omoshiro Okashi Kobo - Nakaichi(面白おかし工房 なかいち)

Address: Tokyo, Taito-ku, Nishiasakusa 2chome 25-9
Access: Asakusa station, Tsukuba express line, 2-minute walk from exit 2 /
Aasaku satation of Tobu Skytree Line (TS-01), Toei Asakusa Line (A-18), and Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-19), 10-minute walk from exit 1
Phone number: 03-5872-2414
Hours: Weekdays 10 am ~ 5 pm, Saturdays 1 pm ~ 5 pm
Closed: Sundays, and public holidays
Official website:

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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