Misuzu-kan

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Located in the mountains of Nagano, in a town called Ueda, Misuzu-kan is famous for its classic jam candies. On our way to Bessho-onsen for an overnight ryokan trip, we hopped off the shinkansen at Ueda and headed up the street to Misuzu-kan.

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Still situated in its original 1924 building, Misuzu-kan seems to have hardly changed since its inception.

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We step inside, only to be greeted by a little man pouring tiny cups of fresh apple juice, textured and tasty.

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I admire the space, the antiquated aesthetic, the stunning old light fixtures that Mom adores.

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Then, we approach the counter, where each product is laid out beautifully, scores of samples at our fingertips.

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I work my way from one end to the other. First, the nama-zeri, directly translated to fresh or raw jelly–the kind that is totally natural, with even its sugar content at a minimum.

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These samples were followed by a jar of special sugar jellies, along side a dish of red bean paste, or anko.

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But the real standouts were Misuzukan’s signature jams and fruit jellies. With a bowl of every flavor of jam on offer, as well as massive pile of individually wrapped jam candies it was tough to decide what to taste, let alone buy!

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In the end, we settled on apricot and plum jam, a large box of traditional jam jellies, and a container of sugar encrusted ones to boot!

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The wrapped up our purchases and we headed out to the onsen, large shopping bags in hand.

 

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6 thoughts on “Misuzu-kan

  1. David says:

    When can we go back??

  2. naomipollock says:

    Yumma! I maintain that the apricot flavored candies are the best!

  3. beth says:

    Really beautiful pictures and I can taste the flavors and textures!

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