President and Mrs. Nixon visit the Great Wall of China and the Ming tombs, 02/24/1972
From the series: Nixon White House Photographs, 1/20/1969 - 8/9/1974

President Richard Nixon visited China from February 21-28, 1972 as a way to help normalize relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.  In between meetings the President and Mrs. Nixon were able to see such sights as the Great Wall of China.

See more highlights from Nixon’s visit to China from our colleagues at ourpresidents

Aizu Aoi Confectionary

Aizu Aoi Confectionary is located at the Kitademaru entrance to the Tsuruga-jo. The store is an old storehouse (Kura) built in 1875.
Their motto is to create something original, and so they keep providing carefully made distinctive confectionaries.
The most reputed product is “Kasutean” (a sponge cake with red bean paste inside), which is a well combination of Western and Japanese style. It goes very well with any kind of tea.
Another popular product is “Akabeko”, a soft, rice cake like sweets with red bean paste inside, named after traditional local toy “Akabeko” ( Its elegant pink color is from safflower for they strictly stick to natural ingredients. Local Soba flour is often used in their products too.
What I love the most is the beauty of the design of the confectionery and gift box, representing the old Japanese elegance.
Aizu Aoi is a part of the Aizu Fukkokai (a party of local long-established stores).

“Kasutean” and the elegant boxes

“Akabeko” is slightly pink colored

It’s fun just to look at them!

The building meets well with the castle.

A branch near the Shinmei street is tatami-floored.

Aizu Aoi Confectionary
4-18, Oute machi, Aizu-Wakamatsu city
Open: 9:00am-6:00pm
TEL: +81(242)-26-5555
The nearest Bus Stop: 1 minutes on foot from A27 (Akabe), H14 (Haikara-san)
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