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Mitarashi-Dango,the delicious Japanese traditional sweets

2017.5.29

Have you ever tasted Mitarashi Dango, the traditional Japanese skewered rice dumplings before?

Have you ever tasted Mitarashi Dango, the traditional Japanese skewered rice dumplings before? When I went to Shimogamo Shrine for the event of Nagashi-Bina, I stopped by the tea shop called “Kamo Mitarashi Chaya” near the Shrine. I knew this shop was the originator of making Mitarashi-Dango, and have been loved ever since they started the tea shop there in Heian period(794-1185). By the time I arrived at the shop, there was already a long line with about 20 people waiting to buy the dumplings. I heard that over 1,000 dishes are sold at least every day and on the holiday season, the number goes up to much higher. I waited about 20 minutes and sat down the cozy chair.

I felt that this is the best Mitarashi Dango I had ever tasted.

Look at this!! How beautiful it is! It looks like a jewel or something. The originator was said to be inspired by water bubbles of Mitarashi river running through Shimogamo Shrine and made the dumplings as round as bubbles and glazed with brown sweet soy for representing water sparkle. It tasted really delicious. The harmony of sweetness and saltiness is just right. I felt that this is the best Mitarashi Dango I had ever tasted.

The shop is already famous in the media

The shop is right in front of the gate of Shimogamo Shrine. The shop is already famous in the media so that you might have to wait before you eat. But I will promise you, it is worth waiting. If you ever have a chance to visit Shimogamo Shrine and feel the need to rest, I recommend you to go to the shop and taste the famous dumplings!!