Learning Japanese from the News / Kyoto yatsuhashi maker sues rival

The Yomiuri Shimbun

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八ッ橋(やつはし)巡(めぐ)り 裁判(さいばん)で争(あらそ)い京(きょう)都(と)のお土産(みやげ)の菓(か)子(し)と言(い)えば、「八(や)ッ(つ)橋(はし)」。もちっとした生八ッ橋が有(ゆう)名(めい)ですが、パリッとした食(しょっ)感(かん)の焼(や)き菓子のタイプもあって、実(じつ)はこちらの方(ほう)が古(ふる)くから作(つく)られています。この和(わ)菓子がいつから売(う)られているかを巡(めぐ)って、騒(さわ)ぎが起(お)きています。





Yatsuhashi is a well-known confectionery from Kyoto often sold as a souvenir. Nama yatsuhashi, which has a soft, mochi-like texture, is especially popular, though the crispy baked version has been around longer.

Recently, two long-established yatsuhashi shops in Kyoto have disputed when exactly the Japanese snack first hit the market. On June 4, one of the shops, Izutsu Yatuhashi Honpo, sought an injunction to prevent the other, Shogoin Yatsuhashi Sonhoten, from claiming it was founded in 1689, the second year of the Genroku era.

Izutsu argued in its complaint that it is strange for Shogoin to claim it is the oldest maker of yatsuhashi, as it acknowledged in a leaflet from about 50 years ago that its date of foundation is “unknown.” There are various theories on the origin of yatsuhashi.

Attention will now turn to whether the lawsuit will clarify what took place more than 300 years ago.




売(う)られる:hit the market




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