Gontaro prides itself in its dashi-a homemade soup stock made of carefully selected kombu and mackerel flakes prepared freshly every morning. Enjoy the umami taste of this dashi in the Famous Gontaro Hot Pot, udon noodle soup or soba buckwheat noodle soup. This main branch of Gontaro is located in Kyoto’s busy shopping area in a modern building with an authentic sukiya-zukuri (an architectural style based on tea house aesthetics) style interior. The restaurant features both table seating as well as Japanese style tatami rooms. You can find Ki-Yan’s paintings of buckwheat flowers on the walls and the sliding doors on the third floor. These paintings are based on sketches Ki-Yan drew while in Gontaro’s own buckwheat fields. You can also find the motif of a praying mantis sitting on a buckwheat flower. While thinking about the composition of the paintings for Gontaro, a praying mantis jumped into Ki-Yan’s house, and he spontaneously decided to feature the insect as well.