Kikuya Sweets Shop  

Kikuya Sweets Shop opened in 1938. It has been using the same methods to make its traditional Japanese sweets ever since. One of their sweets is baked and filled with white bean jam. It's called niman sanzen koku, which means "23,000 stones." The Miura family coat of arms is branded on each one. In 1764, the Miura family became the lords of Katsuyama Castle and were in charge of an area which produced 23,000 stones of rice. (One stone was considered to be the amount of rice an average person would consume in a year). The Miuras governed this area for 103 years. Their noren's design consists of the image of a servant in the daimyo's train (taken from the box used to hold their goods), as well as traditional Japanese sweets.