Confectionery store Kashiya Brown opens in Kagoshima, reviving Karinto Manju

PUBLISHED Apr 24, 2023

Exterior view of Kashiya Brown

On April 8, the confectionery store Kashiya Brown (Murasakibaru, Kagoshima City, Tel: 099-296-1813) opened in Kagoshima City.

It is managed by Three & Company, which offers photo-worthy and youth-oriented sweet products, such as cookie sandwiches made in collaboration with a cheesecake specialist. The company took over Satsuma Jinenya, a confectionary store that operated for 25 years in Murasakibaru and closed at the end of last year, and re-started it as Kashiya Brown.

It is a takeout-only store that makes its products in its kitchen and sells them freshly made. The name “Brown” comes from the fact that the store uses raw brown sugar, such as cane sugar produced on Amami-Oshima Island, in its confections to deliver a natural and gentle sweetness.

Two types of sweets are available at the store: Visitandines (220 yen per piece), sponge cakes that originated in a monastery in Lorraine, France, and Karinto Manju (130 yen per piece), a reformulated version of a traditional confection bun that Satsuma Jinenya used to offer. Ryo Sasaki, president of Three & Company, says, “As one of the admirers of Karinto Manju, I wanted to revive them. We decided to refine the ingredients while keeping the original recipe.” The dough is kneaded with molasses from Kikai Island, the filling is made with Hokkaido azuki beans, and the oil used for frying is rice oil.

Sasaki added: “I hope people will enjoy the flavor that only freshly made sweets can offer. In the future, we plan to expand the product lineup to include gift items and other flavors.”

Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. -6:00 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  • Visitandines from Kashiya Brown

  • Freshle baked Visitandines at Kashiya Brown

  • Karinto Manju from Kashiya Brown

  • Freshly fried Karinto Manju at Kashiya Brown