Traditional Japanese Wagashi Making Class in Kyoto

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Experience Details
Experience Location
Duration
1 hour
Number of Guests
2 - 5 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
Japanese, English
Other
Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian, With green tea
Discover the art form of making traditional Japanese sweets by hand during this wagashi making class in Kyoto.
Highlights
Watch as an experienced wagashi expert shows you how to make wagashi from scratch, learning about the passing of the seasons and the importance of tea in Japan
With supervision from a wagashi expert, make your own kawaii wagashi
Enjoy tasting your handmade Japanese sweets with some award-winning tea that is made in Kyoto (plus you'll take some leftover sweets home)
Make chrysanthemum nerikiri from sweet bean paste
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
+
Host will donate 14 meals
Experience Details
Traditional Japanese confectionery is known as “wagashi” in Japanese, and the cultural city of Kyoto is the perfect place to learn how to make your own from scratch. In a classroom in central Kyoto, this Traditional Japanese Wagashi Making Class is perfect for anyone who wants to learn about Japanese sweets and traditions. The Japanese tea ceremony has long been influenced by wagashi. In Japan, making wagashi is an art form but it’s also enjoyed as an everyday snack. Usually made from plant-based ingredients, Japanese sweets can reflect the passing of the seasons and showcase regional and seasonal ingredients. In this class you will learn how to make Japanese wagashi: Kiku Nerikiri. Nerikiri is a decorative style of wagashi made primarily with colored bean paste and sculpted into different seasonal shapes. During this wagashi class, you will make the “kiku” (chrysanthemum) shape. Watch your teacher as she shows you how to make wagashi from scratch using different ingredients and techniques, then you’ll make your own with help and supervision from your cooking instructor. Finally, you will be able to taste your handmade wagashi sweets together with a cup of Japanese tea. That’s not just any tea, but a tea from award-winning Kyoto tea shop, Rishouen! You’ll even get to take home recipes and extra sweets as a souvenir of the experience. Your teacher is a trained wagashi craftsperson with a background in food science and nutrition as well as teaching Japanese culture. She has studied the art of tea in the “Urasenke” tradition for over 20 years, making her the perfect person to teach you about wagashi and Japanese tea ceremony.
Inclusions
English-speaking cooking instructor
Ingredients and tools to make 1 types of wagashi
Japanese wagashi to taste and take home
Recipes in English
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the venue
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Please meet directly at the studio, conveniently located in central Kyoto. It is about 10 minutes by foot from the Shijo subway station on the Karasuma Line on 2F of the G&G Building.
Remarks
Please be on time for the class
Experience Location
The bustling downtown area of Kyoto is the heart of the city, loaded with hotels, artisanal shopfronts, specialty restaurants, and hidden bars. With pleasant surprises around every corner and alleyway, before the Kamo-gawa River to the east lies the beautiful old town architecture of Pontocho, nestled in alongside the local izakaya and lively club scene. The enormous Teramachi and Shinkyogoku shopping arcades run north to south, intersected by the famous Nishiki Markets (“Kyoto’s Kitchen”), while delicious department store basements bubble below with tasty regional samples.
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Earliest available date: January 6, 2023
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
+
Host will donate 14 meals