The Dirty Stall

Baishinka

Posted on: December 8, 2015

Baishinka Tea House is inside a large former traditional house that’s been converted into a kaiseki restaurant called Yakumo Saryo by Higashiya.

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It’s a bit confusing but basically the teahouse operates in the day while the kaiseki restaurant operates at night.

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They sell wagashi inside for takeaway. Wagashi is a traditional Japanese confectionery which is often served with tea, especially the types made of mochi, anko, and fruits.

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I believe the kaiseki restaurant lies behind this front desk.

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It’s a very peaceful and zen like experience inside the tea room, with a large communal table facing a classic Japanese garden.

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There is also a counter for watching them prepare tea.

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A blob of mochi that was actually quite nice to eat, despite of how it looked.

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I went for a cup of gyokuro.

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It was much more intense and savoury then the usual sencha tea that I was familiar with.

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Something interesting was the fact that you could eat the tea leaves with a bit of ponzu sauce, and it actually wasn’t too bad!

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