Things to do in Kyoto -making wagashi-

Last autumn and a few weeks ago, I visited Kanshun-do in Shichijo. Oh this will be my regular seasonal plan, making beautiful and tasty wagashi! 

You will be warmly welcomed with flowers and amazing calligraphy.

You will be warmly welcomed with flowers and amazing calligraphy.

table is also decorated with sweets!

table is also decorated with sweets!

You wash your hands and take a seat, closer to the master is better;) He gives you a paper of today's wagashi to make with names and explanation (in English). Now the course begins!

You can make three moist sweets and one dry sweet. Just as if you go back to a kindergarten and play with dough, you carefully curve and cut, blend colours and make shapes of flowers and leaves. The master's hands show a magic. He moves his fingers and tools rhythmically and tenderly, and voila, a jewel appears!

tools and balls of bean paste

tools and balls of bean paste

Here, this is my little creation, Azalea (Tsutsuji)!

We can enjoy one sweet you make with a bowl of matcha green tea afterwards!

We can enjoy one sweet you make with a bowl of matcha green tea afterwards!

甘春堂東店 - Kanshun-do, Higashi-mise -

2 160 yen per person, takes 1 hour 15 minutes for four kinds of wagashi and a tea

starts everyday at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00

You need to make a reservation in advance. I was lucky to get seats just a day before, but no guarantee for such short notice. Please be careful, there are two shops nearby, so you have to go one near Hokoku shrine, not by the river. 

http://www.kanshundo.co.jp/museum/make/annai_e.htm

There is another branch in Arashiyama too.

Have fun!

The master specially made a Kitty for me!