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In gratitude for our customers' patronage, we hold an annual Hamono Matsuri cutlery fair every winter.
|Date and Time||January 19 to 21, 2017
9:30am to 4:00pm
|Place||Kikuichi Main Store.
|Main Feature||1. Special sale of cutlery with small defects - up to 70% off the regular price.
2. Apple peeling competition. Prize will be given to the winner.
3. Free knife sharpening. Bring a knife purchased at Kikuichi and you can have it sharpened for free.
Free lessons will be given three times a day during the fair.
Kikuichi and our affiliated stores will be open as follows from December 31, 2016 to January 3rd, 2017.
|December 31||January 1||January 2||January 3|
|Kikuichi Main Store||Open as Usual||9:30 am - 4:30 pm|
|Naraya Todaiji Store||10:00 am - 3:00 pm||10:00 am - 5:30 pm|
|Naraya Saidaiji Store||9:30 am - 8:00 pm||9:30 am - 7:30 pm||Open as Usual||9:30 am to 9:30 pm|
|Tsukena Eikichi||10:00 am - 6:00 pm||10:00 am - 7:00 pm||9:00 am - 8:00 pm|
|Nara Miyakoji||Open as Usual||10:00 am - 9:00 pm|
Eiraku restaurant is open every day of the year, but we only serve our special menus during the year-end and new year holidays on the following days:
We will start selling our brand-new product "Kanoko", deer-shaped pastries, on September 16, 2016. In commemoration of the release, we will dedicate the pastries to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine. We will also hold a tasting event for "Kanoko", in which you can observe the baking of the pastries.
■ Dedication of Kanoko to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine
Date and Time: from 9:30 on, September 16, 2016
Place: Naoraiden, Kasuga Taisha Shrine
■ Kanoko Tasting
Date and Time: 10:30 to 12:00, September 16, 2016
Place: Kikuichi Main Store (488 Zoshi-cho, Nara)
*Feel free to visit us during those hours.
One of our gift stores, Tsukena Eikichi at Kintetsu Nara station is currently under renovation. It will reopen on April 15, 2016.
After developing several prototypes, we finally put the Narazuke Pound Cake on sale in January 2016. Since its debut, it has been popular at our local stores in Nara and is now available online.
The pound cake was also served at a UN ambassador's party in NY and received good reviews. Enjoy the surprisingly perfect harmony of moderate sweetness and salty pieces of narazuke.
A cooking and tasting event of Kasuga Hakutaku Udon was held at a local restaurant Shiki Shiki in Nara City on Feburuary 13, 2016.
It was part of the marketing reseach tour we organized to seek avenues to export products of Nara to overseas. Food experts from the United States invited to the tour got a hands-on experience of udon making and later cooked their own dishes using Hakutaku Udon. Attendees who tasted them loved the modern flavor of the traditional Japanese noodles.
There might come a time when Hakutaku Udon will be accepted as new cooking ingredient in the United States.
It is said that present-day udon noodles have their roots in the hakutaku made and served to Imperial envoys by a group of shrine maidens while ceremonial gagaku music and dancing were performed at Kasuga-taisha Grand Shrine in the Heian period (794-1185). In commemoration of the reproduction of Hakutaku Udon, "Modern Kasuga Hakutaku Dance" was performed at Kikuichi main store on February 12, 2016.