If you are thirsty for some good Japanese sake or foreign wines and sweets you should definitely visit the shop of Mr. Hashimoto.
The shop is especially easy to find as the global longitudinal (136°08'06" E) and latitudinal (34°45'48" N) coordinates were cast into the facade of this fashionable concrete house.
The shop sign is cast iron and handmade in Germany, as Mr. Hashimoto told us.
What to buy: A unique speciality is a German very sweet white wine bottled for Mr. Hashimoto who is a connoisseur of German wines. The wine is labelled for IGANOKUNI, which is an older expression and means 'province of Iga'.
The wine itself is
- a Kerner Kabinett
- from the German Mosel-Saar-Ruwer area
- from the town Burgen near Bernkastel at the river Mosel
- from the wine estate Kurt Auler-Sauer.
What to pay: A bottle of this exquisite wine can be yours for just 1500 Yen.
Here at Murai's you will find a lot about Japanese tea culture. It is a quiet and cosy store with the owners having almost always time for a chat. In summer you can sit outside in the backyard, during cold winter days inside at a warming stove.
Murai's father was a collector of various things and they are all exhibited at the store. You could call Murai Bankouen a tea shop within an exhibition room filled with items from the good old (Japanese) days.
Apart from selling tea they have all kinds of Ninja souvenirs on offer.
What to buy: Give their different soft cream creations a try, very delicious!
What to pay: A cup of cold tea in summer or hot tea in winter is free of charge.