TORAYA Kyoto Gallery
- View the collection, enjoy the sweets and then stroll in the garden
Enjoy a sweet treat in a rendezvous with culture
The shimmering white exterior walls of the gallery adjacent to the long-established wagashi confectionery Toraya are the first things to standout to visitors, who might then wish to stroll through the courtyard garden, to enjoy some tranquil moments in a gallery space designed to afford peace and quiet while enjoying the delicious treats that only Toraya can provide.
Toraya was founded in the early 16th century in Kyoto where it became a purveyor to the imperial court during the reign of Emperor Goyozei, which was from 1586 to 1611. The Toraya Kyoto Gallery stages exhibitions using the works of art and craft pieces owned by Toraya, such as work by the scholar-artist Tomioka Tessai, and tea utensils by Nakamura Soutetsu (9th generation) and Zengoro Eiraku (10th generation) who ware members of the ten craftsmen of the House of Sen (Senke). The collection certainly is a rich one, containing confectionary and tea ceremony related artifacts and literature.
Exhibition of Okaju’s Collection Kyo Yuzen dyeing (2011)
Photo: Akiyoshi Fukuzawa
What is the name of the blackish, shining sweet that is synonymous with Toraya?
|Address||400 Hirohashidono-cho Ichijo-dori Karasuma nishi-iru, Kamigyo-ku|
|Hours||11:00 - 17:00 only during exhibitions|
|Closed||Please contact in advance for details|
|Access||A 7-min walk from Exit 6 of the Subway Karasuma Line Imadegawa Stn/A 5-min walk from Karasuma-Ichijo Stop of City Bus/A 7-min walk from Karasuma-Imadegawa Stop of City Bus|
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