飲精進 or inShojin Japanese Monk’s plant-based drink made of soy milk, Koji fermented rice and Kampo herb

This café has no business card, no listing on Google Maps, no review, no website and no social media presence! We have stumbled upon it one Sunday afternoon, in a bustling part of Kyoto in the temple district and were immediately drawn into the charming traditional Japanese house. Once inside, there was a sense of peace and tranquility.

The place was converted from an old Japanese house into a storefront, with its doors removed. The only item on the menu is 飲精進 or inShojin which was traditionally served to monks in Japan in the olden days. The drink itself is plant based, made of soy milk, Koji fermented rice and Kampo herbs. The fermented rice is scooped into a ball seen in the picture and is frozen, once stirred, adds to the refreshing taste and creamy texture of the drink.

Drinking inShojin is a mindful and relaxing experience. Here is how one should enjoy inShojin.

1. 静かに飲むことのみに気が向くようにする。

Focus on the present moment to drink inShojin

2. 器内の麹氷がとけるまでよくかき混ぜて全体を混ぜ合わせる

stir well until the frozen fermented rice melt away

3. ゆっくりーロづつ味わってお飲みください。飲み終えるまで心を静め飲むことに意識を向けること

take a small sip and savor inshojin, calmly and mindfully

We took the instruction written on a white foam board in front of us quite literally and enjoyed our inShojin in silence.

The Ingredients and Their Health Amazing Benefits

The café is open from 11:00 – 18:00, only on Saturday and Sunday. It is within walking distance from Maruyama Park and Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto. Since there is no location map, do get in touch and we will share its exact location.

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