Wagashi – is edible work of art

Wagashi – is edible work of art

Wagashi’s outside appeal is one the most traditional and attractive characteristics. As we explained in the other posting, Wagashi was developed to complement Sado and Matcha drinking ceremonies, not only from taste perspective, but also from looks and sound perspectives.


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Focusing on looks only, Wagashi’s looks is very distinct. The design usually features beauty of colors and forms of nature, animals and seasons. For example, in autumn many traditional Japanese sweets take form or color of Japanese maple tree “Momiji” that symbolize beauty of the season, in spring when cherry blossoms are in full bloom, Wagashi confectioners produce sweets in the shape of cherry blossoms or leaves.


Wagashi artisans polish their skills through generation and pass their teachings to their children. Many such families established Wagashi small family businesses 100 or more years ago and still operate them. These days they create edible works of art that depict Japanese spirit and culture in various natural forms such as animals, mountains, fields, rivers, and lakes.

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