In-house store(gift shop),The Shop on the first floor

We have a wide variety of excellent specialties of Kuma-Hitoyoshi and recommended items of Kumamoto that have been carefully examined and selected by stuff members at the in-house store (gift shop) named “The Shop” had been remodeled on April 28th, 2012. There are the section of selected items that our proprietor “Okami” herself has purchased in Kyoto, the section of gourmet foods from every part of Japan arranged by the young master “Waka-danna”, and the section of imported goods in fashion abroad provided by the young proprietor “Waka-Okami.” Every product we recommend is put a sign “Recommended” so that you can figure out whose recommendation it is. Please enjoy shopping.

~ The Gifts of Kuma-Hitoyoshi ~

●The specialty of Hitoyoshi, “Ayu (weetfish)”
Ayu is the specialty of Kuma-gawa river, one of the three rapidest streams in Japan. It is the most famous gift in Hitoyoshi, and also has many kinds that have been processed, such as “Kanroni (boiled and seasoned ),”“Nama-hoshi (lightly-salted and semi-dried),” and “Uruka (used its organs).”

It is a kind of miso blended rice-miso and wheat-miso. The one of the oldest miso stores in Japan established in 1902 is proud of it. We, Ayuno-sato, use it for miso-soup as well.

“Yamauni-tofu” is a traditional preserved food in Itsuki village, Kuma district. It is very thick and soft, and has flavor like a seasoned sea-urchin eggs.

●The Yogurt which is a Blessing of Kuma
The Yougurt is made from milk produced in Kuma, characterized by its very creamy texture, and suits such as fruits well.

●The official mascot of Kumamoto, “Kuma-mon” goods
We have goods that had “Kuma-mon”designed, which represents Kumamoto as an official mascot. There are many different kinds of them such as snacks, key rings, and so forth.

●The goods of “Natsume-Yujin-Cho”
The Japanese popular anime, “Natsume-Yujin-Cho” is known that scenery in it is based on that of Kuma-Hitoyoshi.

●“Kuji-Uma” / “Hana-Tebako”
“Kuji-Uma” and “Hana-Tebako” are a traditional craft in Kuma-Hitoyoshi. Each of them is handmade and lets you fell the warmth of woods.

“Kuro-Bo” is a local and traditional very popular snack. Its baked dough is coated with row sugar, and its characteristic is the crisp texture.

“Hoku-HokuHna-Mame” is sold only in “Ayuno-sato” in Kumamoto. This is one of the most popular products.

●The CD produced by Jun Matsuyama
The CD with two songs titled “Kuma-no-Hito” and “Watashi-no-Anata” is now on sale from King Records Co., LTD. He sings of scenes in Kuma-Hitoyoshi.

★Selected by Okami

Hitoyoshi has flourished as a castle town since Mr. Sagara started to govern, for 700 years, and because of its long history, dressing Kimono suites this town. There are many Japanese items matched Kimono that Okami has purchased in the old store in Kyoto “Izawa-Ya.” (In fact, nowhere but Ayuno-sato among whole Kyushu deals the products of Izawa-Ya! ) Additionally, we have other plenty of selected goods by Okami.

●The Products of Izawa-Ya
We purchase drawstring bags or pouches, Tenugui (Japanese hand towel made of 100% cotton), and so on, from the old store in Kyoto, “Izawa-ya,” dealing small articles used when dressed in Kimono.

The assembly of Okami working for a Hitoyoshi hot spring hotel has produced the Kuma-Shochu. It is very easy to drink even if it is neat or blended.

The miso originated by Ayuno-sato, “Okami’sChikara-miso,”is perfectly suite rice in taste. It is still more delicious to dip fresh vegetables in it or to fry any ingredients with it.

★Selected by Waka-danna

Waka-danna had made travels to train himself at hotels all over Japan. Now that he has an official qualification as a guide of Kuma-Shochu, he has selected “tsumami (a kind of hors d’oeuvre or snack eaten while drinking)” that those who love drinking must prefer from every parts of the nation. Also, some of them have been introduced on TV programs before.

●Kuma-Shochu, “Muramatsu-ya-Koki”
Only Ayuno-sato and another sells the Kuma-Shochu, “Muramatsu-ya-Koki.” It has deep flavor and is very smooth.

●Kuma-Shochu, “Ayuno-sato”
The Kuma-Shochu has been originated by our hotel. It is the excellent one eagerly produced by Waka-danna who has compared to drink hundreds of Kuma-Shochu.

“Gisuke” is a kind of hors d’oeuvre dried sea foods such as small fish or small shrimps, and with sweet and hot seasoning.

“Yamauni-tofu” is an 800 year-old traditional preserved food made of tofu pickled with miso. The creamy texture like sea-urchin eggs and its super rich taste are the most incomparable deliciousness that you have ever eaten in your lives.

★Selected by Waka-Okami

Waka-Okami is very fond of cute imported goods and purchases things she recognized “cute” in tuition without any reasons. Although it seems hard to be associated her preferences with In-house store (gift shop) in Japanese-style hotel, we hope that guests enjoy her own unique world in the Waka-Okami section.

●“Tenugui” originated by Ayuno-sato
The “tenugui (Japanese hand towel made of 100% cotton)” was designed by an old tenugui shop in Kyoto, “Enraku-ya,” and it pleases guests as a souvenir or for the memory of trip. There are two designs: one is named “En” (the picture above) after the word “circle” and “relationship” in Japanese, because both of them have same pronunciation “En.” The other is named “Wa” (the picture below) because of its plain traditional Japanese style.

●The kitchen items of KARLI HOME
KARLI HOME is a brand especially of kitchen items in LA and has been featured on VOGUE. The aprons, which parents and children can enjoy together, and the cute tote bags are very popular.
*This photo is for illustrative purposes.

●Imported goods from Bali
They are directly imported from Bali. Especially, atta bags of ASHITABA are very popular, and we have confident their reasonable prices we have made them.

●Coffee Liquor “Kuroro”
The coffee liquor is produced by Ayuno-sato. We carefully select the one out of the 300 kinds of prototypes we have made by putting coffee beans into Kuma-Shochu and maturing it.