Itohkyuemon is a tea store that was established after the Edo Period and sells high quality green teas of Uji. The store will celebrate their first Hydrangea Fair which begins on May 18.
‘Hydrangea’ in Japanese is ajisai, and it’s often considered the quintessential flower of the country’s rainy season. Close by the tea house of Itohkyuemon‘s main branch is Mimurotoji Temple, a location famous for its beautiful hydrangeas. When the rainy season trickles in, this area bustles with tourists.
The Hydrangea Parfait they sell here which you can’t get anywhere else is immensely popular and has resonated online. You could be waiting up to 2 hours during this season to get into this tea house! When Itohkyuemon posted the article about this product on their official Twitter account it amassed 1.5 million page views. This is a limited-edition seasonal product so make sure you don’t miss out!
Grand chef Yoshimoto has come up with a new product in the run up to the first Hydrangea Fair. There will be two varieties of Hydrangea Panna Cotta to enjoy: a milk type and a matcha type both topped with refreshing lemon jelly made to look like hydrangea. Both are takeout-only, so they’d also make a perfect gift!
If you’re in Kyoto this rainy season then try the new refreshing desserts from Itohkyuemon!
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