PERFORMANCE The Art of Amezaiku: Japanese Sugar Sculpting Demonstration

Amezaiku is the centuries-old Japanese craft of sculpting sugar into intricate works of edible art. For the amezaiku craftsman, speed and precision are key: sugar paste is heated until soft and pliable, and then quickly and finely crafted into shape by hand and with special U-shaped Japanese scissors (nigiri-basami) before the mixture cools and hardens again.

This March, join us at Japan House for a rare opportunity to witness this spectacle with a demonstration and talk by one of Japan’s finest contemporary amezaiku artists, TEZUKA Shinri, founder of the Asakusa Amezaiku Ameshin collective.

Said to have originated in 8th-century Japan, the craft of amezaiku flourished in the Edo period (1603-1868) as a form of street performance. Since then its techniques have been passed down from generation to generation, but over time the number of practitioners has dwindled.

As one of the few remaining amezaiku craftsmen in Japan, Tezuka Shinri is dedicated to revitalizing the practice through the work of Asakusa Amezaiku Ameshin, not only by preserving its time-honoured traditions, but also by bringing innovation to the artform.

Date: 3 March 2019
Venue: Japan House London, 101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA

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