Japanese Wagashi (Nerikiri) & Matcha-Making Class in Tokyo

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2.5 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 8 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
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Vegan, With matcha
Make Japanese wagashi (nerikiri) and matcha at this hands-on workshop in Katsushika (Tokyo). Learn how to make artful nerikiri, master the art of matcha tea-making, then enjoy your handmade treats.
Highlights
Learn how to make nerikiri (traditional Japanese sweets) & matcha with a friendly, professional instructor
Use healthy, natural ingredients (entirely plant-based; no eggs, dairy, or wheat flour)
Use red bean paste from a renowned sweet bean paste factory in Kyoto
Spend time in a real Japanese home and kitchen
Enjoy a beginner-friendly social & cultural learning experience
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Become a master confectioner with a wagashi-making workshop in Tokyo! Learn how to make nerikiri (a traditional Japanese confectionery), master the art of matcha tea-making, then enjoy your handmade duo with your classmates and instructor. This is a fun, beginner-friendly, and social experience where you’ll learn how to create sweet, edible masterpieces! Experience flow: Brief class and recipe introduction Nerikiri (wagashi) workshop Make matcha tea Enjoy your handmade nerikiri and matcha Nerikiri are one of the oldest types of confectionary in Japan, dating back to the Edo period (1603–1868). They’re a type of wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionary) made by artfully shaping and decorating bean paste. On top of being steeped in history and culture, these aesthetic sweet treats are made using healthy, plant-based ingredients (no eggs, dairy, or wheat flour in sight). Nerikiri primarily consists of three key components: High-quality sweet bean paste, typically made from azuki beans, which this experience sources from a renowned sweet bean paste factory in Kyoto. Mochi, a chewy and glutinous rice cake, is skillfully kneaded into the sweet bean paste. Natural pigments, that are employed to achieve the confection's stunning, vibrant colors. During this experience, you’ll knead, color, shape, and decorate six artful nerikiri with the guidance of your host. Mari, a dedicated mother of three, is on a mission to share Japanese culture. In 2022, she launched self-learning confectionary classes for kids as young as three. In just a year, she taught 500 children the art of crafting Japanese sweets and expanded to offer adult courses, making cultural exploration accessible to all ages; it’s safe to say you’re in good hands! After you’ve nailed your nerikiri, move on to matcha-making! Learn how to prepare matcha tea (temperature, measurements, sifting, whisking, serving), then enjoy your handmade sweet treats alongside a freshly made cup of tea.
Inclusions
A friendly, professional instructor
Ingredients to make 6 nerikiri wagashi (sweets)
Matcha tea
Apron Rental
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the meeting point
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
3 minutes walk from Keisei Aoto Station (Tokyo)
Remarks
Children joining this experience must be accompanied by an adult
Male guests joining this experience must be accompanied by a female guest (this experience is unable to accommodate solo male groups/participants)
Apron rental: Upon booking, please share the gender and/or approximate size range of guests so we can provide a well-fitted apron
This is a group experience; if you’d like to book this experience as a private class, please select the private option 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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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