The making of handmade sweets in Japan is a long-serving tradition built on skill and craftsmanship of delicate textures and flavors, as well as an appreciation for carefully considered aesthetics. Translating to mean “Japanese sweets,” wagashi are traditional sweets treats in Japan made from plant-based ingredients, which are vegan and gluten-free.
Associated with being eaten during tea ceremonies, wagashi are known for having a simple yet sophisticated flavor to complement matcha green tea, but also elevate the humble tea ceremony through its fine making. To make a perfect wagashi treat the process takes time, requiring patience and careful handiwork, although the results are inevitably satisfying. Mochi is also a quintessential sweet in Japan; a type of rice cake that’s often paired with sweet azuki red bean. Delicate and colorful, wagashi reflects the beauty of nature in Japan, and is seen as one of the most detailed desserts, incorporating elegant artistic characteristics.
Learn how to make your own traditional Japanese wagashi and mochi during this Tokyo Wagashi and Mochi Making Class. You’ll make three different types of Japanese sweets where you’ll mix the doughs, beautifully shape them, and decorate your sweets using traditional tools and techniques. Learning about the wagashi and mochi, you’ll make your own traditional Japanese sweets which you can enjoy with a complimentary cup of matcha green tea, and then take the rest home with you.
Highlights of the Traditional Japanse Sweets: Tokyo Wagashi and Mochi Class:
- Learn how to make 3 traditional Japanese sweets including nerikiri wagashi, daifuku mochi, and dango mochi
- From making and shaping the dough to decoration, you’ll make these delicious sweets look absolutely beautiful using traditional hand tools
- Made from beans, sugar, and mochi powder, all the ingredients used are gluten-free and vegan so that anyone can enjoy this class!
- Make a beautiful box of delicious wagashi and mochi which you can take home with you
- Enjoy the sweet creations you’ve made with complimentary matcha green tea
- 2.5-hour Tokyo wagashi and mochi making class
- Ingredients to make 3 different types of wagashi and mochi
- An English-speaking Japanese cooking instructor
- Recipes and instructions in English
- All cooking utensils and tools will be provided
- Complimentary green tea
- 2 pieces of nerikiri wagashi
- 2 pieces of strawberry daifuku (mochi with a red bean filling)
- Tri-color dango (colorful mochi rice balls on a skewer)
- Transportation fees to and from the event
Minimum of 2, maximum of 6 participants. If you are a single traveler, please contact us.
Meguro: The inner south area of Meguro has a quaint local community that’s central enough, but not quite in the thick of chaotic city life. Meguro Station is conveniently located between Shibuya and Shinagawa on the JR Yamanote Line and is also intersected by the subway, making for a considerable transit hub to well-connect this residential area. Surrounded by a cluster of restaurants and bars which trickle down through Meguro Dori Street, cherry blossoms line the canal along Meguro River, a popular spot for hanami season in spring. Follow the river to the west and you’ll end up at the trendy bars and hipster cafes of Nakameguro, where the ward stretches as far as Yutenji and Tokyo’s little Europe in Jiyugaoka. Meguro is home to 500 Buddha statues in Daienji Temple, as well as the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, alongside the much more unusual Meguro Parasitological Museum.
Meeting Time and Meeting Location:
All classes are held in a private residence. It’s a 5-minute walk from Fudomae Station (via the Metro Mita Line or Nanboku Line) and a 10-minute walk from Meguro Station (JR Yamanote Line). The exact location and address of the residence will be given upon the confirmation of your attendance.
- Please be reminded to come to the class on time
- As the house is not childproof, toddlers under the age of 4 are not allowed
- This is a smoke-free residence. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated