Nerikiri-Making and Matcha: the Flowers and Flavors of Japan

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Duration
3 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 6 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
Japanese, English
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Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, With matcha
Learn to make beautiful seasonal wagashi while enjoying a matcha tea lesson.

Highlights

Make and take home four varieties of traditional nerikiri wagashi
Experience a simplified version of a traditional matcha tea ceremony
Expert instruction in English from a friendly host
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals

Experience Details

During tea ceremony, it’s customary to enjoy a sweet wagashi with the bitter matcha tea. Among these, especially the nerikiri style of wagashi, motifs of flowers, birds, and plant life are the most remarkable features. These artful, detailed designs invite tea ceremony guests to savor and reflect on not only the ceremony but the beauty of the season in which it takes place, as well. Although nerikiri come in many stunning shapes, there are four flowers that best represent the traditional seasonal shifts of Japan: plum blossoms, the royal chrysanthemum, sunflowers, and of course, sakura. During this experience, you’ll learn to make all four and enjoy a simple table-top matcha-making demonstration! These four classic flower nerikiri make use of a variety of techniques and wrap each lovely time of year in Japan into a lovely and expressive parcel of bean paste and art. This all-inclusive experience comes with expert instruction and pre-prepared nerikiri dough to make it easy to form beautiful wagashi even for complete beginners! No matter what time of year you visit Japan, you can enjoy its four seasons in this lesson. The simple tea ceremony will allow guests to fully appreciate wagashi as it was meant to be, with a few sips of refreshingly bitter matcha. During the lesson, you’ll learn how to make nerikiri wagashi and the process of making ceremonial matcha. Plus, you’ll be able to take home the rest of your sweets to enjoy and show off to friends and family.

Inclusions

Materials fee (dough, molds, etc.)
4 Nerikiri to take home and one to enjoy during the experience
One cup of freshly prepared matcha and tabletop matcha-making lesson
Take-home wrapping for your nerikiri

Exclusions

Transportation to and from the venue
Nerikiri dough making option is available with an additional fee of 2,500 yen
Recipe is available with an additional fee of 2,000 yen

Meeting Point and Meeting Time

At the venue, near Sendagi Station, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-0022, Japan.

Remarks

Nerikiri are delicate, handmade sweets. We ask that participants with long nails take care during the experience as some steps may be difficult!
For guests who wish to learn how to make nerikiri dough, additional time and an added fee of 2,500 yen is available (by inquiry only, may not be possible for some bookings).
Nerikiri are delicate "nama" sweets made with fresh ingredients. It's best to enjoy them immediately after the lesson and store in a cool place within 1-2 days.

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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Over 14 million residents call Tokyo home. Functioning as Japan's economic and cultural center, it's no surprise the metropolis often appears at the top of travelers' bucket lists. Here, you can find everything from traditional tea houses to futuristic skyscrapers.
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals