Photo/IllutrationThe “Kyo no Sora” chocolate bonbons available at the Malebranche Cacao 365 Gion shop in Kyoto’s Higashiyama Ward (Ryoji Tsuchiya)

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Editor’s note: This series showcases what we are calling “kawaii” (cute) items made locally in the iconic Japanese city.

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Malebranche, a well-established patisserie based in Kyoto’s Kitayama district, is known for its Mont Blanc and green tea-flavored “Cha no Ka” cat tongue.

The patisserie opened a shop specializing in chocolate in 2014 after remodeling a traditional Kyoto-style “machiya” wooden house in the Gion district.

Its “Kyo no Sora” chocolate bonbon is available in 30 varieties, each designed after historical sites in Kyoto, including Kinkakuji temple and Nijo Castle.

“Set your mood for the day 365 days a year and feel the charms of Kyoto that changes its look every day,” said Kotaro Kawauchi, head of the company’s public relations department.

Address: 570-150 Gionmachi-minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto.

Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

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