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 This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Food City Guide Issue 32 Lawn A classic kissaten. Food City Guide Issue 32 Higashiya Ginza A seasonal sweetshop. Food City Guide Issue 32 Okomeya A rice specialist. Arts & Culture Food Issue 43 Cold Comfort The plain decency of a doorstep casserole. Food Issue 42 Erchen Chang Bigger, better, bao-ier. Food Issue 41 A Mediterranean Supper Four citrusy recipes from the kitchen of Anissa Helou.