Japanese wagashi

Visit a world-famous Japanese confectionery, where you will be guided through the delicate and refined process of creating wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets).

The art of wagashi is said to embody the Japanese spirit, as well as the Japanese cultural value placed on the four seasons. In every Japanese confectionery, you will find colorful varieties of sweets that display a unique sense of refinement and subtlety.

In many western countries, sweets can generally be thought of as a stand-alone food. However, Japanese sweets are meant to be eaten before receiving tea, and appreciated not just for their flavor, but also visually for their exquisite form. In fact, it is said that tea plays the main role, while confections play the supporting role, a metaphor for the relationship between the vassal and his samurai retainers that also reveals the importance of humility in Japanese society.

Wagashi is prepared in order to express each season or the emotions of the sender. For example, during the summer, transparent confections are made to resemble cool water. The variety of confections is so immense that it is possible to spend an entire year, or even a lifetime, without encountering the same wagashi twice.

ABout the artisans

We invite you to learn more about the rich culture of Japanese sweets from two confection experts who will teach you how to create your own unique wagashi. 

Pâtissier 2: Born into a lineage of wagashi-makers that can be traced back for generations, this pastry chef has been called upon to create wagashi to be used in traditional tea ceremonies for important dignitaries and state guests, including an overseas royal family. Even though the shop does not have a public store front, the patissier has agreed to give TOKI guests an exclusive access into his patisserie workshop for an inspirational and unique hands-on wagashi-making experience.

Pâtissier 1: World-renowned confectionery makers, such as Sadaharu Aoki and Jane-Charles Rochoux, have come seeking for the guidance of this legendary pâtissier. In order to deliver the highest quality products to his customers, he brings in fresh ingredients every day to his confectionery. We would like to offer you a special chance to visit his shop, explore the philosophy behind the preparation of wagashi, and use this knowledge to create your own unique wagashi.

Wagashi Making Experience

Experience includes:Wagashi to take home
Duration:2 hours (can be adjusted upon request)
Availability:Afternoons only, Closed on Sundays
Location:Myogadani or Nishi Tokyo City, Tokyo (inquire for further details)
Price:Please contact us to inquire about pricing
Max # of people:up to 10

Recommended for people who…

● are interested in learning about Tokyo's finest traditional confections
● would like to understand the spirit and fascination that wagashi holds

Optional add-ons to make your plan more memorable...

We can provide TRANSPORTATION, PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY, and KIMONO for your experience.
Please inquire.