Since Mr. Koyama took over Shimogamosaryo, the kind of thinking which has been valued most has been the concept of tradition and innovation. "I think that it is boring just to be a place where you can eat great food. We want to send Japanese cuisine and culture out into the world, or it would great if our customers who visit us then spread the word.” For Mr. Koyama there should be such a place. In truth, they hold various events like “Aeru No Yoru,” a feast of dishes which genreless chefs have been invited to and "Shimogamo Culture Tea Discussion,” a cultural event with the theme of a ‘once-a-lifetime’ chance. That way of thinking was taken in and incorporated into their product development, starting with the Ryotei Powdered Soy Sauce.
There is also Mr. Koyama's extraordinary dedication to package design and pottery. They appointed Mr. Ooki Sato, a designer who has won a lot of awards across the world, to make a piece of pottery to use with the powdered soy sauce. Mr. Koyama asked him “please make something that will surprise me. I will trust you to decide everything, including the shape and materials. " It is named after the restaurant itself that values so highly the way of thinking behind the connection of Shimogamo Shrine and tea ceremonies, with a motif of the ladle used for tea ceremonies and Chozusha (the place for cleaning hands and rinsing mouth at shrines), you will find that you can easily sprinkle the powdered soy sauce onto food, and that the small shaker bottle has been designed so that you can easily put the condiment back inside as needed.
"I am a complete amateur” Mr. Koyama laughs. “I think what I want isn’t too far from the customer’s perspective. I had that sense during the development of powdered soy sauce. You can eat delicious tempura if there is a soy sauce that can be sprinkled on it like salt. When we used this product the customers were happy, and if they then talk about it with friends I thought that would be great” Mr. Koyama laughed.
"Tradition and Innovation,” you will more than enjoy the deep and pleasant taste of this product which is packed with the best ideas possible as well as well-rounded hospitality.