For those of you that don’t know what Wagashi means….
“Wagashi (和菓子, wa-gashi) is a traditional Japanese confectionery which is often served with tea” – Wikipedia
I just went to my first ever Wagashi Class in Kyoto, Japan. The lesson was entirely in Japanese, but I had my friend translate for me and show me the ropes. Instead of a cooking class where you start from scratch, it was more or less like a sculpting/ edible clay making class of delicious Japanese confectionery :9
For today’s Autumn class, we made a Higashi Kizato (raw sugar) in the shape of a momiji (maple leaf), a Jou-namagashi Uiro (mochi like dough w/ sweet bean jam inside it) in the shape of a kimamori (left over persimmon fruit (?)), a Jou-namagashi Neri-Kiri (mochi like dough with anko (red bean paste) as filling) in the shape of a maple leaf, and finally a Jou-namagashi Kinton (mashed sweet bean jam) that was supposed to look like a “hanabi” of maple leaves.
It was an enjoyable 1 hr class. (2000 yen) If I were Japanese or understood Japanese, I’d probably go again during Spring.
Kiyomizu temple and higashiyama place (@ HIGASHI shop) kyoto-shi higashiyama-ku chaya-cho 511-1