Shiruko

There is a story behind every 'rouji' in Kyoto. Rouji is an off street or a small alley, different from the main street. Some imperial loyalist may have hidden in one, Ryoma Sakamoto (one of the revolution leaders to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu period in the late 19th century) may have dashed through another. stands in such place where dramatic history may have happened. S__15450163 may be mistaken as a cafe serving sweets such as oshiruko, a sweet red bean soup, but it is a proper restaurant. The sound of the name includes shiru (soup) because it used to serve only the soup to the customers who brought in rice with them Having arrived early on my visit, I decided to wait inside. The waiting space at the back was next to the kitchen, and I had enjoyed listening to the sound of takageta (tall wooden clogs) that the cooks must be wearing. My friend arrived, and it was finally our turn to go in. The modest counter seats were designed to surround a tatami space in right angle. It has an impression of a traditional storefront. There is seat along the window like that of a balcony seats with railing for Kabuki. It is indeed like enjoying a theater since it is facing inside throughout the place. Looking around, I noticed an old signboard of the restaurant was being put up like Kabuki's sign. I became confident that they are actually creating a small theater like place. S__15450155 In that sense, the bento (meal box) shall be the bento we have during the break at theaters. A bento that people have with a sense of unity in enjoying the theater, the location, atmosphere and expectation. The thought started to make me a bit excited, therefor more encouraged to enjoy conversation while waiting for the food. S__15450159 The white miso soup that came with the bento had an addictive tender sweetness. I can enjoy this as one proper main dish. The quality of the soup is truly to its name. Looking back at the restaurant after going out, the character of 'shiru (soup)' on the store curtain had come into my eyes with much dignity. Address: Kawaramachi Sijo Agaru Hitosujime Higashi Iru, Simogyo-ku, Kyoto Phone: +81(0)75-221-3250 Hours: 11:30-14:30, 17:00-20:30 Closed: Wednesday, other irregular dates

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