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.
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” (http://urx.nu/i0HZ). 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
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.