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CREATE YOUR OWN WAGASHI (Japanese sweets) at a private temple

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Learn how to make wagashi from Kyoto's most famous confectionery shop

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 they are 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.

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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 LOCATION

The wagashi making experience will be held in a private temple that was established in the 1600s and is known for its status as an Imperial Covenant. Adorned with elegantly depicted wall and panel paintings, it's also famous for its serene garden that exhibits a calming moss garden as well as centuries old flowering trees that were visited and adored by one of Japan's past emperors. The temple is closed off from the general public except for two short time frames each year, however it is opened exclusively for guests of TOKI.

ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE

Discover the charm of wagashi while learning to create you own with one of Kyoto's most respected wagashi shops. Through this experience, you will gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental aspect of Japanese aesthetics as well as the Japanese craftsmanship mentality, monozukuri no seishin. The confectionery shop has a history of over 200 years, and has long served Kyoto's famous tea masters as well as the Japanese Imperial Household. After making your own wagashi, you will be treated to a traditional tea ceremony, which will be hosted by an individual whose family has been practicing tea ceremony under one of the most celebrated tea masters for over 100 years.  

Create your own wagashi confectioneries & enjoy them in a traditional tea ceremony

Experience includes:Wagashi activity fee, Tea ceremony, translator, insurance
Duration:Approximately 3 hours
Time:It can be adjusted upon request
Location:Kyoto
Price:Please contact us to inquire about pricing
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Recommended for people who…

are interested in making wagashi Japanese sweets in an exclusive venue
would like to understand the spirit and fascination that wagashi holds
want to learn Japanese mannerisms

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

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

Please inquire.


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