Wagashi: Make Nerikiri & Enjoy Matcha in Tokyo

Organized by Satoko Ogawa
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Experience Details
Experience Location
2 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 5 guests
Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Rain or shine, With recipe, Near station, Learn etiquette, With matcha
Join Satoko, a professional wagashi instructor, for a confectionary-making class in Tokyo (Kitaminemachi). Make four seasonal nerikiri, then enjoy your handmade treats with matcha tea.
Learn to make traditional Japanese sweets (4 pieces of nerikiri wagashi) with an instructor who graduated from the Wagashi Promotion Association!
Naturally gluten-free and vegan! Ingredients are beans, sugar, water and mochi flour made with plant-based ingredients.
Learn beginner-friendly recipes that can easily be recreated at home. You can download the recipes through a QR code.
Spend time in a real Japanese home in a charming, lesser-known neighborhood in Tokyo (Kitaminemachi, Ota Ward). Your host will recommend attractions to visit in the area before and after the lesson.
Small-group lesson (5 participants max) so that you get plenty of personalized instruction.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Host will donate 4 meals
Experience Details
Join Satoko, an instructor from the Wagashi Promotion Association of Japan, for a Japanese wagashi lesson in Tokyo (Kitaminemachi)! You’ll make seasonal nerikiri, participate in a photo shoot, then enjoy your handmade treats with matcha tea also made by yourself. She will explain how to make and drink it following manners step by step. Nerikiri, an exquisite Japanese confectionery art, involves creating intricate sculptures from a mixture of sweet white bean paste and soft mochi dough. You’ll learn how to sculpt these sweet edible creations from scratch while learning about the history and cultural significance of wagashi. Experience flow: Brief class and recipe introduction Demonstration: How to make nerikiri dough Make four nerikiri featuring a seasonal design Photo session: Take advantage of a photo opportunity setup by your host Enjoy your handmade nerikiri and matcha tea made by yourself. Meet Satoko, a bilingual Japanese instructor based in Tokyo. With nearly 25 years of international experience and a passion for diverse cuisines, she opened her wagashi-making school to share authentic Japanese sweets and culture. She holds certifications as a Food Sanitation Supervisor by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and as an Instructor for the Wanaha Artfood Association and the Wagashi Promotion Association Japan, demonstrating her commitment to providing high-quality wagashi classes. Make Seasonal Nerikiri: To make nerikiri, begin by mixing sweet white bean paste and glutinous rice flour with water to create a dough. Satoko will guide you with sculpting the mixture into intricate seasonal designs. Satoko’s confectionary classes are beginner-friendly, and the downloadable recipes mean you can easily recreate these sweet treats at home. Following this, participate in a photo session to document your bite-sized masterpieces. Enjoy Handmade Nerikiri with Matcha Tea: Once you’ve finished making your edible masterpieces, enjoy them alongside freshly made matcha tea.
A Japanese confectionary-making class guided by a professional wagashi teacher
Ingredients to make 4 pieces of nerikiri wagashi
Downloadable recipes
Matcha tea, green tea, roasted tea or coffee
Rental: Apron, professional tools, towels
Transportation to and from the venue
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Please come directly to the instructor's house, located about 8 minutes on foot from Ontakesan Sta. (Tokyu Ikegami Line). A Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.
The nerikiri wagashi motif changes depending on the season.
Children joining this experience must be 5 years or older
Please note that the host has two cats which will be locked in a room during the lesson
This is a group lesson; please select the private option upon booking if preferred
Smoking is not allowed in or around the venue
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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Earliest available date: June 7, 2024
¥ 10,000
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Host will donate 4 meals