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Aug. 07, 2020 UPDATE
Kanshundo Japanese Confectionery Class - 甘春堂 -
Traveler Friendly
Good for first-timers
Information
Japanese and English
Languages spoken
Japanese
4220 48 8.7 2 reviews
Aug. 07, 2020 UPDATE

Kanshundo Japanese Confectionery Class

- 甘春堂 -
Traveler Friendly
Good for first-timers
Information
Japanese and English
Languages spoken
Japanese
4220 48 8.7 2 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Learn to Make Japanese Wagashi sweets in Kyoto!
For 6 generations, Kanshun-do has been serving the people of Kyoto with traditional wagashi sweets.
There are three branches of Kanshun-do in Kyoto, two of which (the Higashi and Sagano stores) offer 75-minute Japanese wagashi confectionery making workshops.
In the workshops, you’ll be taught how to create and form 100% raw Kyo-gashi sweets which often take the shapes of flowers or leaves and represent whichever season it is.

Classes are held 4 times a day, but reservations are recommended.
Take a crack at making traditional sweets in a classic Japanese wooden building and indulge in your creations with a bowl of beautiful matcha green tea that’s included as part of the workshop.
No prior experience is needed and the talented artisans will kindly instruct you in what will surely be a memorable, and most importantly, super fun sweets making experience!
▼See here for our blog about the experience http://sharing-kyoto.com/Blog/b_kanshundo/
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Before Getting Hands-On
Before Getting Hands-On
First, read over the information sheet you’re given on the sweets you’ll be making. The design of wagashi sweets are heavily influenced by the seasons, so it’s always interesting to see which aspects of the current season are reflected in them. Also, take a good look at the pictures of the tools you’ll be using in shaping the sweets.
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Techniques
Techniques
During the workshop, the teacher will instruct you on the techniques used to shape the Kyo-gashi sweets, so make sure to pay attention and watch carefully. Some techniques used in shaping the sweets are quite tricky, especially for first-timers, so be ready for a shock when you see how skillfully the teacher bends the sweets to his will. Remaining confident is key here so if you want to make the most beautiful shapes as possible, don’t overthink anything!
3Good Experiences
Take Your Creations with You
Take Your Creations with You
In the workshops, you make three sweets in total. This time around, the shapes made during the workshop were of a flower and a bird. Each of the sweets have their own name as well. The flower is called Haruhonoka and is a type of confectionery called Neri-kiri which has red bean filling. The bird is called Hatsune and is a Uiro confectionery consisting of fine grained sugar, mochi powder and kudzu starch. Two of the sweets you make will be packaged up for you to take home. Make sure to eat them fast as they can dry out easily.
4Good Experiences
Eat Your Creation with Matcha Green Tea
Eat Your Creation with Matcha Green Tea
At the end of the workshop, it’ll be time to eat! Your magnificent creation will be served to you on a small plate alongside a complementary bowl of matcha green tea. Enjoy a delicious moment with a confectionery of your making and some perfectly complementing matcha.
- Manner & Tips -
A very talented craftsman will be instructing you, so please watch, listen to and follow their instructions carefully.
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