Wagashi originated in the Japanese tea ceremony, where they are served to offset and balance the bitterness of matcha (Japanese powdered green tea). The tea ceremony was cultivated in Kyoto and so consequently wagashi were developed simultaneously there as well. Popularity grew during the Azuchi Momoyama period (1568 – 1600) and wagashi was produced more and more. Most Kyoto wagashi includes anko (red adzuki-bean paste). It’s strong, rich mouth feel and sweetness wins over even the most doubtful critic. Other wagashi are made from other types of beans, rice and sugar.
From the simplest candy shape to the most intricate design, wagashi takes on many aesthetic forms. In the days when Kyoto was the capital of Japan, wagashi were designed to represent and express Kyoto’s lyrical sceneries and depict Japanese classical literature so you can expect some wagashi to look like ordinary candy while some will remind you or great works of art.
In this class, Arigato Japan takes a hands-on approach in teaching you how to make and enjoy the Japanese sweet we now know as Wagashi. They represent the essence of Japanese culture, and continue to be a vital force in Japanese life. While wagashi are considered an indulgence, they are also closely connected with the Japanese customs and traditions that underscore the rhythms of daily life, season to season.
We have plenty of tea so you can enjoy your desserts as they were meant to be consumed to complete the full experience! We hope to see you soon!
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Class Schedule and Information
|Weekdays||Mon - Fri|
|Start Time||10:45 AM|
|End Time||12:45 PM|
|Start TIme||2:00 PM|
|End Time||4:00 PM|
Each Wagashi class price is all-inclusive including ingredient cost and Japanese tea.
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