With summer upon us wonder | wonder | world celebrates the sunshine with food and feasting! This week we feature the Japanese fine food art of wagashi.
|Traditional Japanese Wagashi|
|Japanese wagashi artisan|
One by one, each little cake sets a seasonal scene - fish swimming in a clear stream; an atrium of stars shining in the night sky, a sparkling sunlit shore, and other delicate flights of fancy.
|Store bought wagashi|
While the skill of wagashi craftsmen has been handed down throughout the ages and is much cherished, wagashi have also risen to provide shining examples of new challenges, undaunted by changing eras and preferences.
|Green Tea Wagashi|
|Cherry Blossom Wagashi|
Incorporating techniques and ingredients from Western cake-making has proved a breath of fresh air in the creation of new wagashi and inspired further development of the craft.