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Kyoto, a historical city where traditional and cultural sites are located, is also known as the city with the highest bread consumption per person. Kyoto has the highest butter consumption per person as well, which further strengthens the fact that many of the residents love bread. In fact, many Kyotoites have bread for breakfast instead of rice, and many prefer to have coffee instead of tea, which, again, is reflected by statistics showing that Kyoto has the highest coffee consumption per person.

Many local bakeries have been providing delicious loaves of bread to local bread lovers. Kyoto's Shinshindo was founded in Sakyo District in 1913. One of the founders, Hitoshi Tsuzuki, traveled to Europe to learn the theories and skills concerning bread, opened the first French cafe in Kyoto, and sold Japan's first packaged bread. Shinshindo's bread is fresh and rich in variety. The new "Our Daily Bread hana" is soft in mouthfeel and rich in flavor, and it is truly recommended.

Tamaki-tei in Ōbaku, Uji, provides bread that is truly fresh and only available at the main store. Bread of high quality is made by carefully checking each and every stage in the production process, which involves skills and techniques that are founded, inherited, and respected by the pioneers. The ingredients are high in quality as well, as bread is made of domestically made "Manitoba flour," expensive yet good in quality, along with other foreign-made ingredients as well.

Both bakeries provide takeout bread, and if you would like to enjoy the delicious tastes at home, we recommend you Tadafusa's Bread Knife that allows you to smoothly cut the bread without crushing them. Please, by all means, experience the wonderful taste of Kyoto's high-quality bread.

Tadafusa's Bread Knife


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"Kenuki" in Japanese refers to tweezers specific to plucking facial and body hairs, which, compared to normal tweezers, has a wide and flat tip.

The history of hair removal in Japan began in the Heian period. During this time, women plucked and arranged their eyebrows to create what was known as the "hikimayu," a trend that lasted until the Edo period. Famous literature including "Makura No Soshi," and "Genji Monogatari," referred to the action of hair removal, while there are ukiyo-e drawn during the Edo period that depicts people using kenukis. The traditional tool has been cherished by Japanese, even after depilatory cream and permanent hair remover were invented in the Edo and Meiji periods.

Kiya's Tweezers and Sharp Tweezers are kenukis made of stainless steel, both of which have finely adjusted edges and come in Danjuro gift boxes. The latter tweezers are useful when conducting detailed works, such as the treatment of turned-in eyelashes. The gift box is associated with the Kabuki actor Danjuro Ichikawa, a name that has been inherited by the members of the Ichikawa family since 1675. Colors and patterns on the gift box beautifully represent the taste of the classical Japanese dance-drama, with which you may present the tweezers to your dearest family members or friends.

We recommend you to experience the fine and delicate touch of Kiya's kenuki.

Kiya's Kenuki (Tweezers)




Okayama Prefecture is widely famous for its peaches. The area is blessed with warm weather suitable for making peaches, and the local pioneers have continuously improved and developed more than 30 types of peaches. Among the various kind of peaches, the white peach made in Okayama, which was born in 1901, has a gorgeous white color and a smooth texture created through Okayama's unique bagging cultivation. By bagging each peach, they are protected from sunlight, wind, rain, and insects, allowing them to turn beautifully white and refined in taste.

Kurashiki, a city in Okayama, is popular for its beautiful sight area, along which various shops, cafes, and restaurants can be found. Kurashiki Momoko is one of Kurashiki's famous cafes, and its peach parfaits are truly delicious and gorgeous. Not only they offer parfaits with Okayama's famous peaches, including the white peach, but they offer parfaits beautifully decorated with mango, strawberry, blueberry, and many other fruits, most of which are available within a limited period of time. We strongly recommend you visit and taste Okayama's delicious peach at Kurashiki Momoko.

If you would like to enjoy Okayama's peach at home, you may consider purchasing cutting boards offered at The simple and beautiful cutting board by Tadafusa may be suitable together with Tadafusa's Petty Knife and All-Purpose Knife. You may decorate the cut peaches on Fresco's Kasumi Plate, a beautiful vessel made through glassblowing. Many other items would enhance your experience with Okayama's peach, so please have a look at our website.

Tadafusa's Cutting Board
Tadafusa's Three Basic Knives
fresco's kasumi plate