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A family teahouse.

Built in the early Showa period, Takemura has been operating as a teahouse and sweetshop in the Kanda neighborhood since it first opened on January 25, 1930.

“The founder of this place was my father, ” says Masaaki Hotta, who is the third owner of the business following his father and older brother. The teahouse has always specialized in oshiruko—grilled mochi in a sweet adzuki bean soup. “My father was a wagashi [Japanese sweets] maker. At the start we served oshiruko and wagashi. However, during the war, sugar was really hard to come by, so at that time we were only open two or three days

  • Words:
    Selena Hoy
  • Photography:
    Romain Laprade
  • Producer:
    Kevin Pfaff

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  • Words:
    Selena Hoy
  • Photography:
    Romain Laprade
  • Producer:
    Kevin Pfaff
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