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2 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

Make your Tokyo visit even sweeter thanks to this 2-hour small-group class learning to make ‘Wagashi,’ a traditional Japanese confection. Get an introduction to the preparation of this uniquely Japanese sweets, learning about the many unique flavors and colors that vary based on the time of year and available ingredients.
  • Learn to make 'Wagashi,' a traditional style of Japanese sweets
  • Discover the wide variety of seasonal ingredients, colors and flavors used in these Japanese desserts
  • Learn the techniques used in making these traditional Japanese confections
  • Enjoy the 'fruits' of your labor by eating some 'Wagashi' paired with 'Matcha' (powdered green tea)
  • Small group trip limited to no more than 6 guests
  • Great introduction to Japan's rich culinary history and practices

Inclusions

  • Guiding and lesson fee
  • All ingredients

Exclusions

  • Transportation fee

Departure Point

Nearest SevenEleven, a convenience store from a facility. *Teacher will pick you up.

Return Details

Tour concludes at facility
Head to your ‘Wagashi’ class location in the Shibuya neighborhood, picking between a range of morning and afternoon start times that fit your schedule.
You’ll spend most of your class learning the techniques used to prepare these tasty Japanese treats. The class will also help give participants a sense of the wide variety of seasonal differences in ‘Wagashi,’ which incorporate different ingredients, colors, and consistencies depending on the time of year.
Before your class finishes you’ll get to enjoy your ‘Wagashi’ along with ‘Matcha,’ the traditional Japanese style of powdered green tea. Among the many varieties of ‘Wagashi’ you might experience are the ‘Anmitsu’ (gelatin cubes with sweet bean paste and fruit) of summer, or the ‘Kuri Zenzai’ (sweet made from soft beans and chestnuts) from the autumn, plus many more.
A full list of potential ‘Wagashi’ by month is outlined below.

Itinerary

◆Menu
Wagashi and Matcha (Japanese Green Tea)

◆Wagashi Calendar by Season

Spring
- March
Sakura Mochi - rice cake with bean paste wrapped in a preserved cherry leaf.
Botamochi - steamed rice and a thick azuki paste is hand-packed around pre-formed
balls of rice.

- April
Hanami Dango - a Japanese rice cake ball made out of mochiko powder.
Sakura Yokan - a thick, jellied dessert made of red bean paste, agar, and sugar.

- May
Kashiwa Mochi - a rice cake wrapped in an oak leaf.
Ichigo Daifuku - Japanese confection consisting of a strawberry inside 'daifuku,'
which is a rice cake stuffed with sweet bean paste.

Summer
- June
Anmitsu – gelatin cubes and sweet bean paste with fruits.
Hydrangea Yokan – soft sweet bean jelly.

- July
Milky way Yokan - this special 'Ama no Gawa' (Milky Way) yokan celebrates the Japanese festival of Tanabata.

- August
Apricot Water Bun - Mizu (water) manjū is traditionally eaten in the summertime and
contains a flavored bean filling.

Autumn
- September
Sweet Potato Yokan - as traditional as Japanese desserts come, this sweet treat combines sweet potatoes with sugar for
sweetness, salt and vinegar for flavor balancing, and agar for gelatinizing without the need for gelatin.

- October
Tsukimi Dango - rice dumplings in appreciation of the annual grain harvest.

- November
Kuri Zenzai - sweet made with soft beans and chestnuts
Kuri Manju - chestnut bun.

Winter
- December
Black Sesame - often used for winter Wagashi
Mame Daifuku – a Japanese confection consisting of a small round 'mochi' (glutinous rice cake) with 'Anko,' sweet paste made from beans.

- January
Oshiruko - sweet bean soup with rice cake.
Kinako Ame - soybean flour candy.

- February
Kusa Mochi - a rice‐flour dumpling mixed with mugwort.
Warabi Mochi - a jelly-like confection made from broken starch and covered or dipped in kinako.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 4 people per booking
  • Minimum age is 10 years

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


Book online or call
(888) 651-9785
(888) 651-9785
Product code: 13441P137

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