Translated by Hanni T.
Sensoji, Asakusa: Top 6 Food Selections
Written by OsawaKimie
Sensoji's Namkamise-dori is celebrating its 130th birthday as one of the oldest shopping street in Japan. This article introduces 6 foods that you can't miss.
Sensoji's Nakamise street marks its 130th anniversary this year, and is definitely one of the most historical shopping streets in Japan. The smell of delicious foods stimulates visitors' appetites on the crowded street. This article will introduce 6 must-eat foods on Nakamise street.
1. Millet dumplings from ''Azuma''
The first one is millet dumpling from ''Azuma''. It has successfully replicated a millet dumpling shop of the edo period, and is either the first or the second most popular shop on Nakamise street.
The hot millet dumpling is just boiled! It's so chewy, and is covered in soy bean powder. It smells delectable!
They're still warm, having just finished cooking. We'll finish this bunch before they get cold. Due to its modest sweetness, male customers also enjoy it.
2. Cold matcha from ''Azuma''
In addition to the millet dumpling, ''Azuma'' offers ''cold matcha'' in the summer, and ''sweet wine'' in the winter. The ''cold matcha'' is thick and sweet. The 110 yen price tag is also alluring.
3. Doll cakes from ''Kimuraya''
''Kimuraya'' was founded in 1868, and is the oldest doll cakes shop in Asakusa.
The shop is located next to Sensoji's Hogura-gate, and people can see the making process by the doll cake artisans.
It can be one of the best souvenirs, due to its five‐storied pagoda, thunder deity, and dove shaped cakes. The doll cakes from ''Kimuraya'' are made from specially selected flour and egg, and has a reputation of evoking a sense of nostalgia.
4. Rice cracker from ''Nakamise Kineya''
Rice crackers from ''Kineya'' are crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. It melts on your tongue, as soon as you close your mouth.
It is undoubtedly addictive, since the cracker is salted lightly, and has an airy texture almost. It seems there are many people visiting Asakusa just for this rice cracker.
5. ''Umezono'' mashed sweet potato and chestnut dorayaki
''Umezono'' is one of the popular Japanese sweet shops in Asakusa. In addition to its famous Awa-zenzai (millet dough cake in red bean paste), other sweets sold in the shop also have a very good reputation among Japanese sweet lovers.
If you love chestnut, you wouldn't miss the ''mashed sweet potato and chestnut dorayaki'', made from batter mixed with black sugar, Japanese sake, and full of red bean paste and chestnuts. Even though the dorayaki is quite voluminous, the natural sweetness from the black sugar is brought out, and it has a refreshing aftertaste.
6. Sweet potato jelly from ''Funawa''
Sweet potato jelly from ''Funawa'', one of the nationally famous Japanese sweets, is based in Asakusa. The appealing taste of its natural sweetness comes from sweet potato. It also doesn't use any artificial fragrances, preservatives, or coloring.
It becomes even more delicious if it is baked in the oven, as it develops a crispy surface!
Food is one of the things that represents culture, history and values of a country. As one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan, sweets that people has been eating from old times on ''Nakamise'' street show a heritage of tradition, and wisdom in Japan. People can feel a touch of Japanese culture by tasting the wonderful sweets here.
Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa,Taito-ku,Tokyo
Hours: Asakusa millet dumplings Azuma 9:00-19:00
Nakamise Kineya 9:00-18:45
Funawa Asakusa shop 10:00-18:00
Holidays: Open Year Round
Access: 3-minute walk from Asakusa Station A4 Exit, Toei Asakusa Line
3-minute walk from Asakusa Station, Tobu Skytree Line
10-minute walk from Asakusa Station,Tsukuba Express
Official Website: Asakusa Nakamise