Japanese candy art, Amezaiku! Too beautiful to eat.

Japanese candy art, Amezaiku! Too beautiful to eat.

I think each country has its own style of candy art, but have you ever seen Japanese candy art, called Amezaiku? It is very beautiful and delicate. Let me show you the world of Amezaiku!

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What is Amezaiku?

Amezaiku is traditional Japanese candy artistry. A hard candy base is heated until it softens and begins to melt. Then it is taken off the heat and before candy hardens in the few minutes the Amezaiku artist will use their hands and scissors to sculpt small plants or animals.

The artists hands move quickly and the resulting amezaiku is very delicate and delicious. Amezaiku are made from candy, so they are edible, but sometimes they are just too beautiful to eat!

 

 

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The history of Amezaiku

There are many different explanations as to where Amezaiku got its start. According to one, Amezaiku was introduced to Japan from mainland China sometime between the 9th and 11th centuries. However, it wasn’t until the 17th century in the Edo era that the artisans began refining their skills to make beautiful pieces. At the time, Amezaiku is said to have been a luxury gift used as an offering.

Until 1980s, it was common to see Amezaiku artists making and selling their candy pieces at festivals and street stalls. It was also sold at story board street performances. Recently however, as there has been growing concern about preparing food outside and the number of festivals has been in decline, sales of Amezaiku have fallen and the number of artists has also declined.

 

 

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Where to buy Amezaiku in Japan?

If you visit Tokyo, Japan, please stop by at these stores for Amezaiku!

1: Ameshin
Ameshin has a store where you can buy many types of Amezaiku, not only their signature beautiful-gold fish-shaped one but also more reasonable ones too. Their shop is located near Tokyo Sky Tree which is a popular tourist place.
For the store information, click here

 

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2: Yoshihara
Yoshihara’s candy art is very cute and has wide selection of animal shaped candies. You can also order your own Amezaiku at the shop and they will make one for you!
For the store information, click here

 

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Make your own Amezaiku at a workshop!

Both shops above offer a workshop where you can try to make your own Amezaiku. They teach you how to shape candy step by step. Why don’t you try?

Watch me making my Amezaiku!

 
 

Matane! (in Japanese, means “see you soon!”)

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