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As part of my Kyoto project on tea ceremony, I enrolled in a half day class on how to make wagashi - traditional Japanese sweets. Wagashi encompass a whole range of sweets, but the most common types are usually made with anko (bean paste), and mochi. During tea ceremony, there is always some sort of seasonal sweet served with the tea. Among dried sweets, and jellied candies, one other type that I fancy the most, is neriki cakes - one of the anko and mochi types.
If you’ve ever seen wagashi, you know they’re not just a dessert, but an art form in and of itself. Each piece is hand sculpted like clay, using spoons and wooden carving implements to make beautiful designs, or concepts, that reflect the current season.
In the photo above, our materials (the balls of mochi and anko), and the finished product, made by the head chef. The green wagashi on the left is a snow kissed mountain top, represented by the white hill tops and their fade into the greenery. The pink wagashi on the right is a sakura, cherry blossom, possibly Japan’s favorite theme of all time aside from Mt. Fuji.
I won’t lie, making these wagashi were extremely difficult! I was pretty proud of my 3 layered an and mochi ball (pictured above) that required lots of shaping and smoothing.
But once it got to the actual sculpting part with the spoon, all my work went to waste, as I couldn’t help but destroy the wagashi as I attempted time and time again to make the sakura’s “petals.”
The finished product! Clearly, mine are the ones on the bottom. The mountain wagashi turned out slightly better than the frankenstein blossom on the right that I ended up making my own pattern for since the regular one was just too hard.
The professional running the shop gave us a little demo after the class on what a REAL wagashi should look like. He showed us one of his recent creations…
…a peeled mikan orange!! Isn’t that amazing?? To think you can make edible art like that with just flour, water and anko!
Our certificate after finishing the class! Not that we’re anywhere near being certified to make proper wagashi, but a nice thought!
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