Kobokudo is a specialty store that sells a variety of karinto. Karinto is a Japanese confection similar to the Spanish pesteño, made by deep-frying a dough made of flour, covering it with honey, and drying it. In addition to the standard flavors such as green tea and kinako (soybean flour), you can also buy karinto with unique Hiroshima flavors such as oyster, Hiroshima-na (Hiroshima greens, a local vegetable), and sake lees. Sake lees karinto is made from various brands of Japanese sake produced in Saijo.
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The charm of Kobokudo is the wide variety of flavors of its karinto. Many of the flavors are made with products sourced from Hiroshima Prefecture and Saijo sake, and are popular as souvenirs during trips to Hiroshima. The most popular product is “Hiroshima Karinto Monogatari,” an assortment of nine types of karinto with flavors from Hiroshima: oysters, Hiroshima greens, sesame, wild sesame, burdock root, soybean flour, bamboo charcoal, lemon, and chirimenjako (dried sardines), all made from ingredients grown in Hiroshima.