Special edition hard rock candy called Daikoku Candy is currently being sold at the main store of popular Japanese sweets shop Ishimura Manseido for the duration of the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival until July 15 (Sat.). At ¥700 per box, this special candy was created in celebration of the festival’s registration as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.
We tried out this Daikoku Candy – check out the detailed design! There are two kinds: one with the face of Daikokuten (one of the seven lucky gods), and the other with the Chinese characters for “Mansei”, from the name of the shop.
One in 20 of these boxes of candy contain a miniature Hakata ningyo (Hakata doll) of Daikokuten. The dolls were designed by the well-known Hakata ningyo craftsmen Shinkyo Nakamura and Hiromine Nakamura. They are in hot demand and sell out every day by noon, so get to the main store early.
The family-owned Ishimura Manseido was founded in 1905 and its main shop is located near the finish line area of the oiyama, (grand finale of the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival). Ishimura Manseido also sells another special sweet during Yamakasa (until Jul. 15) known as the “Hakata Gion Yamakasa Gion Manju”.
We got to taste them, too! The soft, white, outer layer nicely complements the anko-filled (sweet red bean) center with just the right amount of sweetness.
Drop by Ishimura Manseido for both the Daikoku Candy and Gion Manju, available this year only until July 15!