Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Toraya Kobo Sweets Studio Demonstration and Tasting

This was a very popular event and will be remembered as one of the most special events of the trip, I'm sure.  The people who make the confection, known as wagashi, are real artists.

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.

The confectionary is on an historic property that has been owned by a prominent family for many centuries.  We had a tour of the house, apparently owned by the Grandfather of the current Prime Minister, Shinso Abe.


  1. I was happy that you enjoyed Wagashi. And I was very happy to listen to your beautiful song! I hope your rest Japanese tour will be nice.
    (the volunter staff)