What we will do
It’s a combination activity of Wagashi (Japanese confectionary) Making and Chado (Tea ceremony) experience.
Let's make Japanese sweets in my kitchen. I first show you the instruction video and you will try coloring Nerikiri or Konashi (very sensitive but interesting ingredients which is transformative and colorful), putting them in a shape of the season. You will make 2 Wagashi. When we are done, let's go to Chashitsu (tea room).
There I prepare a cup of Matcha for you one by one with traditional utensils of “Chado – Tea ceremony”. You can relax and have a Matcha(tea) & your sweets together.
Through this experience I would like you to feel Japanese sweets are very close to you, as you can make it with everyday cook utensils.
I'm a founder of the Wagashi salon, Yu-Art Kichijoji. I graduated from Musashino Art University, I’d been working for Seiko Epson Corporation and Seiko Watch Corporation as an industrial designer. Throughout my life, I’ve focused on traditional Japanese art and culture. I've enjoyed collecting Ukiyo-e (Japanese antique arts) and studying traditional tea style. As tea has always been my passion, I started a career in Chado—the Way of Tea—, and Wagashi (Japanese traditional sweets) for tea gatherings.
In 2016, I left Seiko Epson Corporation and started a small salon; Yu-Art Kichijoji of Wagashi making and tea gatherings (the tea ceremony)
"Chado-the way of tea- " Career
Qualifications of Ura-Senke style tea ceremonies: 3rd-degree Instructor
"Wagashi-traditional Japanese sweets-" Career
I learned homemade type Wagashi for a year in a cooking school and I learned formal Wagashi of tea gatherings by professional pastry chefs for a year and half.
On the other hand, I design Wagashi and processes of making them with daily utensils for my salon.
Where we will meet
The host will pick you up in front of “Koban (a police box)”close to JR Kichijoji North exit. She will be in “Kimono-a traditional Japanese costume” with a small “Yu-Art “sign board.
What I will provide
Ingredients and tools for making 2 Wagashi (Japanese sweets)
A cup of Matcha (Powdered green tea)
What to bring
Your hands. *If you have too long nails, enjoying creating Wagashi would be difficult.
*It takes more than 2h depend on programs and number of participants. *Please bring your identification on the day.