This is your chance to become a candy sculpting artist! Make your very own Japanese candy art during this Amezaiku Candy Sculpting Workshop in Tokyo. Held at a candy art studio in the busy cultural district of Asakusa, you will learn how to sculpt your own candy rabbit during this exciting candy art challenge.
Using a type of soft candy called “mizuame,” you will use scissors and tweezers to sculpt the candy into an “usagi,” the Japanese word for rabbit. This class allows you to practice 2 times before creating your final candy rabbit. After your practice attempts, a skilled craftsperson will demonstrate carefully how it is made. Once you have made your final candy rabbit, you will be able to decorate it with food coloring, and then viola; it is complete! You can indulge yourself by eating your kawaii candy creation, or else package it up to take home as a souvenir.
Amezaiku, traditional Japanese candy sculpting, became popular in Japan during the Heian period, where candy sculptures were given up as offerings at local temples in Kyoto. This traditional craft evolved into a form of street art, too, for its theatrical side and technical skills needed to sculpt the candy carefully into intricate shapes. The candy is warmed to 200 degrees Fahrenheit (90 degrees Celsius) which makes it soft enough to sculpt. This is done using techniques of cutting, pulling, and bending the candy, which is attached to a stick.
Tools and ingredients for candy sculpting
Instructions in English
Introductory "how to" video
Supplies for 2 practice attempts as well as one final product
Transportation to and from the venue
Box to take your candy home (extra fee of 300 yen)
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet directly at the candy sculpting studio. The address is Hanakawato Store Hori Building 1F, 2-9-1 Hanakawato, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0033, Japan.
The classes and demonstrations are mostly held in Japanese, however instructions written in English are provided. English subtitles during the instructional video are also available.
Only participants can enter the classroom due to space restrictions. If you wish to only watch the experience, please contact the host for availability.
The hosts are not responsible for any burns or injuries from heat equipment or scissors. For safety reasons, under elementary school aged children may only participate if supervised by an adult.
Preschool children may participate when working together with the parent’s experience (3000 yen).
Reservations can be made up to 2 weeks in advance. Classes last for an average of 1 hour to 1.5 hours (sessions take any time from 30 minutes up to 2 hours). Please be careful not to be late.