Karintou, or fried dough cake, is a familiar Japanese sweet. While history offers various theories, it’s generally believed to have been introduced by foreigners from Spain or Portugal (or from China of the Tang Dynasty, according to some reports). From that point, as it spread throughout Japan, it slowly evolved into its current form. In sum, the origin of fried dough cake can be described as a traditional sweet that blends Western and Japanese styles.
The fusion of Japanese and Western cultures has catalyzed the evolution of Japanese traditions and technologies as well as Western culture and design, creating a mysterious beauty without rival anywhere in the world. At Ginza Kyoka Suigetsu, we seek to preserve traditions and techniques acquired at Yushima Kagetsu over 70 years while delivering a unique and memorable blend of Japanese and Western styles. Our hope is that customers will not just enjoy the flavor of the fried dough cakes, but savor the worldview we embrace.