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Shizuoka Station 

[Abekawa Mochi]

Soft mochi with fragrant kinako has been a Tokaido specialty since the Edo period

Freshly made mochi (rice cake) dusted with kinako (soybean flour) would be served in tea houses in Abekawa, which flourished thanks to its gold mines. When Lord Ieyasu visited the area after retiring from his position of shogun, he was presented this mochi and told it was "Abekawa no kinako mochi", or "mochi dusted with Abekawa gold". Ieyasu was much taken with it, and one story has it that he called it "Abekawa Mochi". It also makes an appearance in the Edo-period best seller, Tokaidochu Hizakurige. The confectionery became a Tokaido specialty, thanks in no small part to the fact that it used white sugar, which was very valuable at that time in Japan. Today, "kinako mochi", or freshly-made mochi dusted with kinako, is often eaten together with "ankoro mochi", or mochi wrapped in bean curd. The popularity of these kinds of mochi has remained unchanged.

Places to try Abekawa Mochi

● Kanmikissa Kinako
Address ASTY West Bldg., 46 Kurogane-cho, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka
Phone +81-54-287-2233 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Holidays January 1st
Price Abekawa Mochi 600 yen per plate
Access Alight at "Shizuoka Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen. (Directly connected with Shizuoka Station.)
URL http://abekawamochi.co.jp/

updated on Apr 14, 2015

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