Sixth-generation owner to inherit Shuri tradition of 160 year-old Yamashiro Manju

Sixth-generation owner to inherit Shuri tradition of 160 year-old Yamashiro Manju

On August 15 at Yamashiro Manju in Shuri, the sixth-generation owner Hidefumi Yamashiro inherited the long-established store


August 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wakana Arakaki


Do not let the tradition cease. Hidefumi Yamashiro, the sixth-generation owner of the long established “Yamashiro Manju” in Shuri, Naha City, has decided to take over the business from his parents, who once thought to close the store due to their limited physical strength.

The community and regular customers said, “It would be sad if the shop disappeared,” and supported the decision.

After completing training which started in March, Yamashiro currently manages the store and makes 150 manju with the help of employees from the early morning.

Yamashiro stressed, “I am proud to inherit the tradition.”


Yamashiro recalled his childhood, saying; “My friends made fun of “Manjuuyaa.

” Yamashiro did not have much pride in the fact that his home was a long-established shop, so he initially had no intention to take over the store.

He operated “Hot Sandwich Café Sui” next to his parents’ store.

Yamashiro decided to succeed the shop and began the work, but getting up early in the morning was hard for him.

He woke up at 5 a.m. to prepare for the opening at 10:30 a.m.

He said, “I have a recipe, but I have never seen it. I have eaten manju since I was a child. I pick the bean paste and check the taste.

” With his sense of taste developed from his childhood, he reproduces the traditional taste that continues from pre-war times.

Yamashiro says, “Customers sometimes say that ‘the store is always closed, or manju is sold out,’ but now we can offer manju without making customers wait.

” Yamashiro left his hot sandwich shop and his younger brother Hidemichi now manages the store. Yamashiro said, “I hope the younger generation will eat more manju.

” He plans to offer manju at hot sandwich stores as a menu item.



(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)


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