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Tango Chirimen

Tango Chirimen - Silk crepe items

Silk textiles are produced in both Kyoto and Kyotango. However, “Tango Chirimen” silk is unique to Kyotango and has been woven here for about 300 years. It is famous for its high quality, wonderfully soft feel and durability. This has led it to be used for the production of kimono, handbags, purses, hair accessories and more. Souvenir shops in Kyotango offer wide variety of Tango Chirimen accessories and gifts.

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Tai Senbei

Tai Senbei - Sea bream flavored rice cracker

Senbei, or rice crackers, are a specialty product of Kumihama in Kyotango. They are delicious as a snack on its own or with a drink. Other popular ways of enjoying it are by breaking it up and putting into a soup or stew. These rice crackers are also rich in calcium.

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Neko Manju - NEKO-NO-EN

Neko Manju - NEKO-NO-EN

A product of Kotohira Jinja Shrine. These cat-shaped manjyu, Japanese confectionaries, are said to bring good health and watch over your well-being.
The white cat is is filled with sweet red bean paste and the black cat has a black seasame flavor, both are edible charms for good luck. They also go well with tea.

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Komaneko Barazushi Boxed Lunch

Komaneko Barazushi Boxed Lunch

This boxed lunch is easy to eat on a train journey.
Kyotango is famous for the production of the silk fabric “Tango Chirimen”. The dependence on silk means that rats and mice can be very dangerous to have around. Thus, cats played an important role in controlling the mouse and rat population, protecting the silk farms and thus the town. The Komaneko, illustrated on the box, is the cat statue found at Kotohira Jinja Shrine, a tribute to the cats that protected the silk from mice.

“Barazushi”, a local specialty, is packed inside. Barazushi is a type of sushi, made with minced mackerel, thinly sliced egg omelet and red pickled ginger, along with other colorful toppings.

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SHOPPING INFO
Place:Plaza Hotel Kissuien
Price:850 yen
Note:Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance to purchase this boxed lunch.
Reservations:Call 0772-62-5111(Japanese only)
Website:http://www.kissuien.jp/
Gachaman - Confectionary

Gachaman - Confectionary

The name of this Japanese confectionary comes from the sound that the silk looms make, “Gachan”. It is a well-known confectionary here in Kyotango. Gachaman are filled with a course sweet bean paste made with local beans wrapped in soft rice cake dough.

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Kintsuba Trio

Kintsuba Trio - Three Flavors of Sweet Confectionaries

A special confectionary of Kyotango that comes in a set of three different flavors. Local Kyotango sweet potato, chestnuts and beans flavor these elegant sweets.

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