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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

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Two

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