Akasaka/Roppongi

Akasaka/Roppongi
Akasaka ("Red Slope") is a residential and commercial district of Minato, Tokyo, located west of the government center in Nagatachō and north of the Roppongi nightlife district. Akasaka (including the neighboring area of Aoyama) was a ward of Tokyo City from 1878 to 1947, and maintains a branch office of the Minato City government.

Roppongi is a district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan, famous as home to the rich Roppongi Hills area and an active night club scene. Many foreign embassies are located in Roppongi, and the night life is known to be popular with locals and foreigners alike. It is in the southern portion of the circle described by the Yamanote Line, south of Akasaka and north of Azabu. The name "Roppongi", which appears to have been coined around 1660, literally means "six trees". Six very old and large zelkova trees used to mark the area; first three were cleared, and the last was destroyed during the Pacific War.

Wagashi are traditional Japanese confections that evolved into an art form in the ancient Imperial capital, Kyoto. The character pronounced 'wa' denotes things Japanese, while the characters for 'gashi', an alliteration of kashi, have come to mean confections. Wagashi represent the essence of Japanese culture, and continue to be vital force in Japanese life.

Toraya is one of the oldest makers of traditional confectionery in Japan. According to a specific historical context, Toraya was already supplying confectionery to the Imperial Family (then they lived in Kyoto) in the 16th century as it still does today. Even verbal history says that Toraya supplied confectionary to the family from the 8th century. From the earliest times to the present day, the ownership of Toraya has passed directly from generation to generation.