Kochi and Osaka have more in common than you think!
Tosa is not just a city or the former name of Kochi Prefecture.
It was also a domain ruled by the Yamauchi clan during the Edo period (1603-1868), which had pledged allegiance to the very powerful Tokugawa Shogunate of Japan.
The strong influence of Tosa Domain over Japan in the past led to the construction of shrines outside the province and the exportation of local products.
In Osaka, Tosa Inari Shrine, located next to the Tosa Clan's Osaka Kurayashiki (Japanese residence with a warehouse), was dedicated by Toyotaka Yamauchi, the 6th lord of the Tosa Clan, to the god Inari, from the famous Fushimi Inari in Kyoto.
Since then, the shrine has been revered as the guardian deity of the Tosa Clan's residences and warehouses.
The historical connection between Tosa (Kochi) and Osaka during the Edo period led to the present day creation of an Osaka sweet called "Choro Kenpi", based on the Tosa local "Imokenpi".
This treat is dedicated to Tosa Inari Shrine every New Year’s Eve, showing that there is still a strong bond between Osaka and Kochi.
We hope you have a thought for Kochi if you try this delicacy or if you visit Tosa Inari Shrine!