As the New Year's events slow down in mid January, Hatsugama, the first tea ceremony of the year, is held. Across from where I live, there is a Japanese-style restaurant that has been around for 400 years.
Every morning I pass by the place when I go for a walk and at that time of the year, Hatsugama's Cha-kaiseki, light meal served in the tea ceremony, is being prepared from early in the morning, pouring out fine aroma of dashi to the streets. Today, tea ceremony seems like a distant world yet in Kyoto it is alive in daily life.

January's Seasonal Confection of Kyoto is made of smooth koshi-an (strained sweetened bean paste) with black sugar from Hateruma-jima, the southern-most point of Japan.
Black beans from Tanba area and gold dust is placed on top for the New Year's design.

We serve a cup of green matcha tea (or choice of coffee) and our wagashi based on our textile design.
Address: 1F, a la croce Bld., 5-4-24, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
Phone +81 (3) 3407-7877
Open 11:00am-20:00pm
*The tea room opens 1:00pm to 6:00pm Open everyday

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.

Address: Shijou Horikawa Higashi Hairu Sakyou-ku Kyoto 600-8498 Phone +81 (75) 221-2005
Open 9:00am-18:00pm Open everyday