The Seppuku-monaka(切腹最中) meaning
This name of Japanese sweets is “Seppuku monaka”.(“Seppuku” means Harakiri!)
The shape looks like Seppuku. We often bring them as a token apology when we must apologize to someone with the feeling of seppuku.
Today I introduce “Seppuku-monaka” of Kuya (空也) at Ginza.
What is Monaka (最中 / もなか)?
Monaka is a sweetened red soybean paste, anko sandwiched by crisp wafers.
Usually, the one with bean jam in it is called “monaka”, but we often call the wafer itself “monaka”.
This is ice cream sandwiched between wafers with chocolate inside. This is often called “chocolate monaka ice cream”.
kuya (空也) meaning
Kuya is a monk 1000 years ago. (This pronunciation is “KUUYA” exactly)
It is said when he chanted the sutra, the sutra appeared as a letter. I do not know why this shop is named as this monk,
but this Japanese sweet is loved by Japanese for long time.
Actually, the Kuya is not name of sweets, this is shop name in Ginza, Tokyo. They sell 7,000 monaka every day😲
At least, Japanese apologize 7,000 times a day. Hahaha
How can you get them?
You can’t buy this Japanese sweet without a reservation in Japanese language. So when you want to eat this sweet, it may be the best way you get angry to Japanese, then ask them as a token apology.
The train was delayed by 3 minutes too! or I waited for 2minutes too at a fast food restaurant …there are many reasons.
Well, they are joke… ask them to your hoteliers on the phone. Because, Kuya dose not have their own website and email even like a Showa Era.
Anyway, Good luck!
6-7-19 Ginza Chuoh-ku, Tokyo
●JR Keihintohoku (京浜東北線)/ JR Yamate line (山手線)/ Metro Yurakucho line(有楽町線)
Yurakucho station (有楽町駅) 7min on foot
●Metro Ginza (銀座線 orange line) / Marunouchi (丸の内線 Red line)/ Hibiya (日比谷線 Gray line)
Ginza station B5 2min on foot
Tel:03 35 71 33 04