Located just below Yasaka Pagoda, the Yasaka branch of Hourandou offers 40 kinds of mamegashi (beans snacks) as well as a selection of warabi mochi (a Japanese confection made from bracken starch). You may be surprised to see monkeys-a motif that comes from the neighbouring Yasaka Koshindo Templeand giant blue beans flying across the vermillion red walls and ceiling of the shop’s traditional Japanese interior. Because of the high ceilings, this mural was one of Ki-Yan’s most challenging pieces to complete! While taking in this spectacular work of art, try some of the famous soft, jelly-like warabi mochi. It took me two years to develop this kinako (roasted soybean flour) to match the taste of my homemade warabi mochi’, explains the shop’s owner, Nobuyuki Maeba.