Nerikiri is a type of wagashi, or Japanese sweet, made from a dough of sweet bean paste and soft mochi. It is a very malleable dough, which is easily molded into different shapes, like flowers and animals which represent the seasons. Nerikiri is an incredibly cute (kawaii) and simple art form that, with the right instructor, can be mastered by anyone. This Intensive Nerikiri Wagashi Course is perfect for people who want to learn how to make nerikiri starting from the basics and will lay the foundation for professional-level nerikiri making if you choose to pursue it.
Over the course of 6 classes (2 hours each), you will learn nerikiri wagashi making techniques make popular seasonal designs for spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Classes begin at 10 a.m. and you may take a maximum of two classes in a day if it is available. If you do two classes in a day you will be allowed a one-hour lunch break between classes where you can explore the local area. And upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate!
Highlights of the Extensive Nerikiri Basics Class:
- Learn how to make nerikiri starting from the basics
- Guidance from a qualified nerikiri teacher
- Get to know the tools of the trade
- Make incredibly cute seasonal designs
There will be 6 classes of about 2 hours each (total of 12 hours). Before booking, please contact us to find out the availability.
Class 1: Anko making
- Make shiro-an (white bean paste) and tsubu-an (chunky red bean paste)
- Lecture about wagashi-making tools and how to care for them. These tools can also be purchased during the class
- Learn about the history behind wagashi in Japan, and get an overview of popular seasonal motifs
Class 2: Nerikiri dough making
- Make gyuhi (sweet mochi), an essential component of nerikiri dough.
- You will learn 2 techniques for making the nerikiri dough. First, the traditional way on the stovetop, and then the faster way, using a microwave oven
- Learn how to handle nerikiri:
- Various handling and molding techniques
- Techniques for coloring the dough
- Wrapping the anko, bean paste
- Using wagashi tools (such as triangle stick, sarashi cloth, cutter, knife, tea strainer)
Classes 3 to 6: Seasonal Nerikiri Motifs
These four lessons will teach you how to make some seasonal motifs. You will start by coloring the nerikiri dough and shaping it using the techniques you learned during the second class. Additionally, you will learn these to create the following motifs with new techniques:
Maximum of 2 people.
All classes are held in a private residence. It’s a 5-minute walk from Fudomae Station (Metro -Mita line or Nanboku line) and a 10-minute walk from Meguro Station (JR Yamanote Line). The exact location and address of the said residence will be given upon the confirmation of your attendance.
Additional Information from the Organizer:
- You will receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the class.
- You will need to bring a scarf to cover your hair if it is long, and a pen or pencil and lunch if you are taking 2 or more classes.
- Please cut your fingernails short and do not wear a ring to class.
- You will need to wear long sleeves for the anko class to prevent from being burnt.