Experience the Art and Craft of Wasanbon

Wagashi are Japanese sweets, and they come in many stunning varieties, each belonging to traditions developed since the Edo period. This workshop is a rare opportunity to learn about the art of wasanbon, a particular type of wagashi which shares its name with the fine-grained sugar used to make it.

Wasanbon are shaped using intricately carved wooden moulds, or kashi kigata, and this workshop will be led by Ayumi Uehara, a confectioner whose father Yoshihiro Ichihara is one of the last living artisans who continues to make them by hand.

Uehara will explain how wasanbon sugar is made and guide attendees through the process of binding the sugar and shaping it in the moulds. Uehara will then discuss the courtly tea culture which gave rise to wagashi and at the end of the workshops attendees will be served served with green tea and a mixture of just-made and several-day-old wasanbon.

Date: Wednesday 1 February 2017, 3.00 to 4.30pm or 6.30 to 8.00pm
Venue: Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP

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