Japanese sweet and tea tour: enjoy making traditional Japanese sweets and eat them in a casual tea ceremony on the table!
What we'll do
This workshop is recommended if you are interested in Japanese culture, especially the food and art.
In this workshop, you'll learn, make, and eat "nerikiri", the Japanese sweet. With these theory and practice, I hope you will deepen and widen your understandings on Japanese culture.
【Lecture part】(0.5 hour) Before we make and eat, I'll have a brief talk on "nerikiri"; outline as one category of wagashi or Japanese sweets, the short history to have become "the quintessence of Japanese art and culture", and some more attractive points to enjoy the confectionary.
【Making part】(about 1.5 hour). In this part you can make three nerikiris by your self(the design and technique will vary depending on the season you enjoy). I'll give you demonstration explaining the traditional technique and design that are used in the works. ※the dough is already prepared so you just enjoy and focus on the artistic process.
【table-styled tea ceremony part】(0.5 hour). Choosing one nerikiri out of the three you made, we'll have a tea ceremony on table. I'll tell you the basic rules to show that you have good etiquette and appreciation for the ancient tradition. You don't have to keep the Seiza position, so just sit and relax to feel the "omotenashi" and eat to enjoy the perfect combination of sweetness and bitterness of Matcha.
I really wish you all can enjoy the tour so please contact me if you have any requests or questions! I'm really looking forward to seeing you soon!
If you have difficulty in using buses, I can change the meeting point to a train station nearby.
- Price per person (tax included)
- 5,500 JPY - / person
- Max participants
- Up to 6 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
The tour fee does not include transport expenses. The starting time and itinerary can be customized. (You can add options such as Kimono experience or Photography tour at extra cost. Ask me for details.)
Lover of the art of Living
I am a certified instructor of wagashi-making and table-styled Sado and a professional portrait photographer, so currently I can offer you two tours related to my job as below. 【1】 Wagashi-making tour. - I'll show you how to make authentic Japanese sweet called Nerikiri, explaining how it developed to be called as the quintessence of Japanese aesthetics and culture. After that you'll make three seasonal Nerikiris using traditional technique and design (fun part! :)). Sado time will be followed to experience the Japanese way of hospitality enjoying the perfect combination of matcha and nerikiri. 【2】Photography tours. - As a professional photographer I accompany you taking photos, so that you can take out every precious moment of your trip. I don't fix any plans but will be there for you to help as a translator, too. I've been taking a governmental training so I also can be a tour guide in specific areas to make your time more fruitful if requested. (※Kimono is available in both tours. Ask for details if you are interested!) Raised by mom of THE Japanese culture(she is the Master of Sado and Nihon-buyou), I had never been interested in culture of mine or others. But with the experience of studying abroad in the UK, I was shocked to know how unique the Japanese culture is. I talk about mine, so let me hear about yours!! I am really looking forward to seeing you.