Azuki porridge

100 years Japanese architecture, Machiya ‘HARUYA Umekouji’ will hold a party for the guest with ‘Azuki porridge’ served for a limited time only from January 24th.

“The boughs that bear most hang lowest.”

As well as being a staple food of Japanese people, rice is familiar with symbolizing Japanese spirituality, such as Japanese alias “Mizuho no kuni”. In the old days, it became possible to stockpile by changing from hunting life to agricultural living, the competition of food was reduced, and it became national character that likes peace. Even today, events related to rice cultivation are regarded as important, and the “Niinamesai” (November 23) is a national holiday.


Origin of ‘Azuki porridge’

“Dai shougatsu (it means Big New Year)” to welcome Kami at the “New Year’s Day”, the 15th day wishing for good harvest of agricultural crops and family health is called “Ko shougatsu (it means Small New Year) ” and there is a custom to eat “Azuki porridge” in that “Ko shougatsu”. Depending on the rural area, Japanese people have “Azuki porridge” with “Kagamimochi” together. It is also the day of this “Ko shougatsu” which burns New Year’s decoration and the beginning of writing is done.


Azuki beans are used as red rice in celebration, and red Azuki bean has been said to have the power of amulet. Also on the day of the “Winter Solstice”, the day becomes the shortest in a year (around December 22), there is a custom that “Azuki porridge” called “Touji gayu”. From the winter solstice the power of the sun has revived, and Japanese people desire to strengthen our life with the sun.


The next deployment

“HARUYA” will continue to deliver classic “good stuff” residing in 100 years Japanese architecture called Machiya. A living of Machiya where Japanese traditional culture is condensed is gained high evaluation not only in Japan but also in the world. When we incorporate traditional culture into our usual life, the meaning of life gets deeper. We will propose a lifestyle that connects Japan’s old days with now and the future.

Next time, “Plum rice” is planned around February 2. Please enjoy the grace of the season unique to the period of “Risshun”, the first signs of spring.



“HARUYA”, 100 years Japanese traditional architecture called Machiya, provides classic design and life style in Japan. With long established Japanese culture which gained high reputation not only in Japan but also in the world, from 2 international cities, Kyoto and Nara, HARUYA connect Japan’s past, present and future to understand each other and respect each other through the stay experience.

HARUYA Umekouji

4 different tastes of 100 years Machiya architecture are next to each other. 8 minutes by bus (15 minutes walk) from Kyoto station. Walking distance to two world heritage sites (Toji, Nishihonganji). One way bus stop to major tourist attractions such as Kiyomizudera, Gion, Kinkakuji etc. Long-established Kyoto style such as Japanese garden, lattice, round window, edge side are respectfully inherited.
Address: 1-12 waki-cho Shimogyo-ku, KYOTO, JAPAN