Wagashi are traditional Japanese confections that are often served with tea, especially the types made of mochi, anko (azuki bean paste) and fruits.
We had the treat of observing two master confectioners creating beautiful edible art while we watched. The Wagashi are typically made from plant ingredients.
The green tea we have been served is seriously green, like St. Patrick's Day green, unlike the green tea we are usually served in the USA.
After watching the wagashi being made we were treated to a cup of hot green tea and one of the pieces of confection, which we got to enjoy in the beautiful, modern building. The hosts were extremely generous and kind, as has been the case with all of our hosts on this trip without exception.