June 26, 13 | Chiaki Uzurahashi
"Koubashiya" - ObihiroBread with a gentle, fluffy texture and delicious taste.
"Koubashiya" is a small bakery located in Obihiro, Hokkaido.
In just a five square meter space, this cute restaurant offers over 20 kinds of bread. Everything from hard breads to sweet buns.
Ms. Kiyoshi Watanabe works alone in the shop, diligently hand-making every piece of bread. When owning her own bread shop was still just a dream, she spent time traveling Japan, visiting many different places in search of the perfect location.
"While traveling Japan I found many delicious foods, but nothing could compare to the quality of the ingredients in Hokkaido." So Ms. Watanabe headed back to her hometown of Obihiro and in spring of 2013 she opened up "Koubashiya."
▲"Shiyotsubi Anpan" A delicious bread made with soy milk and Tokachi sweet red beans.
▲"Clover Zunda" I found a four-leafed clover bread among the regular three-leafed treats. Sadly this bread is seasonal, so you'll have to wait until next spring to give it a try!
This shop hopes to give customers a chance to enjoy unique breads every day,
The wheat, dairy-products, legumes, and vegetables used are all Tokachi grown, and the breads are all made without any additives or preservatives so they're very healthy.
"The reason I chose to use ingredients from Tokachi is because it is familiar to my customers and quite healthy. I think using local ingredients is an important part of owning a local business."
▲"Brioche" This bread has a delicious buttery smell.
▲"Grape Koubashi" The singed oat feature was modeled after a Niigata style bread. A sweet bread with a savory taste.
"I love being able to tell my customers about each of the ingredients used." says Watanabe. She also has a special place in her heart for the charm of Tokachi. "I love the clear blue skies of the area in both the summers and winters."
▲The lovely Kiyoshi Watanabe, who runs the shop singlehandedly.
These healthy breads are great for the body and soul, as is talking with the charming Ms. Watanabe. If you have a chance to visit Obihiro in the future, be sure to stop by for a taste!
●パン香房 こうばしや (Koubashiya)
(Kotobuki Heights 1F, 19-1 Nishi 4-Jyo Minami 14-Chome, Obihiro)
Open from 10:00 to 7:00 ※or until sold out
Closed on Wednesdays.
※Interview from late May, 2013.
(Hokkaido Likers Writer - Chiaki Uzurahashi)
Photographs by Hokkaido Likers Photo Writer - Megane)