Nerikiri and Mochi Wagashi Making Class in Bunkyo, Tokyo

Organized by Yuko Di Stasio
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Duration
2.5 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 5 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
Other
Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Learn to make kawaii Japanese sweets: mochi strawberry daifuku, hanami dango skewers, and traditional nerikiri wagashi with a certified instructor in her home in Bunkyo, Tokyo.
Highlights
Learn to make traditional Japanese sweets in a casual setting! Make and enjoy fruit daifuku, colorful hanami dango skewers, and lustrous nerikiri wagashi pieces confectioneries!
Enjoy making new friends and memories with locals: Yuko, your host, is a friendly certified wagashi instructor who loves sharing her passion for wagashi-making with the world.
Sip tea and enjoy your six pieces of handmade wagashi sweets while contemplating the charming scenery from Yuko’s home overlooking the Kanda river.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
In this experience, you will make three popular kinds of wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets): two mochi-based sweets (fruit daifuku and hanami dango skewers) and nerikiri confectioneries. Yuko, your host, will explain how seasons inspire wagashi designs and the significance of Japanese tea when making and enjoying these traditional sweets. Fruit daifuku, sometimes called fruit mochi, are soft, chewy treats that look stunning when strawberries are in season but are equally delicious when filled with other fruit. You will also try your hand at another iconic mochi treat (there’s even an emoji for it!), the tricolor sanshoku dango (consisting of three colorful dango balls on a skewer), also known as hanami dango because it is a popular snack during the cherry blossom season. You will also form delicate pieces of nerikiri wagashi, turning lustrous bean paste into shapes that are almost too pretty to eat. After the class, enjoy your treats and some fun conversation over tea, the traditional Japanese way. Yuko’s home sits between the Waseda and Edogawabashi Stations and has stunning views of the serene Kanda River. Yuko is a certified instructor by the Wagashi Promotion Association of Japan. She strives to create an engaging and relaxed atmosphere in each lesson, perfect for first-time wagashi crafters or small groups with children. Her husband, a native Australian, might drop by during tea time to make conversation!
Inclusions
Ingredients and utensils to make 2 pieces of nerikiri wagashi, 2 fruit daifuku, and 2 hanami dango skewers
Matcha green tea
A bilingual (in Japanese and English) certified wagashi instructor
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the venue
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet directly at the host’s house in Bunkyo Ward, near Waseda and Edogawabashi Stations. A Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.
Remarks
Children 5 and older are welcome to join the experience.
Aprons are available upon request.
The instructor’s home is not wheelchair accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Please notify the host of any allergies upon booking.
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Earliest available date: April 18, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals