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A typical Japanese wholesome breakfast would include rice, miso soup, and pickles, and one of the most popular pickles is shibazuke, a traditional Kyoto-style, naturally fermented pickle made by soaking vegetables such as cucumbers and eggplants with shiso in salt and letting them mature in a barrel for a long time.

Shibazuke is characterized by the aroma of red shiso and the sour taste of lactic acid bacterium, and is called one of the three major pickles in Kyoto, along with suguki and senmaizuke.

In recent years, the main ingredients, mixed with salt and placed in barrels, are pressed down with stones and allowed to mature. It is no exaggeration to say that it is the weight of these stones that determines the vivid color and taste of shibazuke, which is brewed by lactic acid bacteria, and is the result of the manual work of skilled craftsmen.

Shibazuke originated in Ohara, Kyoto, home to ancient temples such as Sanzenin, and is said to have a history of over 800 years. It is said that the origin of the name comes from the fact that Kenreimonin, the only survivor of the Heike clan that perished in the Battle of Dan-no-ura, called it "purple-pickle (shibazuke)" because of the color of the shiso leaves.

The Ohara Basin, where there is a difference in temperature between morning and evening, is a land where good shiso grows, and the red shiso that has been carefully protected and nurtured is highly valued.

Making the most of what is unique to a place is not only limited to such products as vegetables, but also to the history and culture that can only be found in that place. Through our process of creating a world enterprise from craftsmen of our own country, we want to provide people with the awareness that "we can do something from our country's traditional techniques."

Under such goal, we provide various variable handicrafts, including Azmaya's Inban Mamezara and Koishiwara ware's Plate, which are perfect for serving Shibazuke. Please have a look at our online page for more detail.

Azmaya's Inban Mamezara
Koizumi Glass's Schale