Saturday, August 2, 2008

Wagashi-Handcrafted Food Art!

Oh my goshhhhhh! Wow! Oh My! That's all I can say when my Japanese neighbour brought me a box of Wagashi. Look at the pictures below... these are called Namagashi. They are too beautiful to be eaten! What I Love about Wagashi is they are sold according to 4 seasons besides the regulars in their menus. Each season the pastry shops will make wagashi with their own interpretion themes. If you look closely each wagashi has a story to tell... The 1st time I tasted wagashi by chance was at Toraya at 10,rue St Florentin in Paris many years ago. What a coincidence I just bought a new box of Matcha and I'd been waiting for the right time to drink it. Well, this is perfect timing!

A flower????

Did you see the tiny ladybird and dew on top of the leaf??? :-D This one has a dollop of Anko

A Strawberry???

My favourite is the  sea-blue cube-like wagashi with 3 red color goldfish inside. It also looked like an Ice-cube...

This purplish wagashi is lovely too. This version has a firefly!

Looks like a peach isn't it?

Enjoy! :-D


  1. They look beautiful although it's the first time I see wagashi. At first sight I confused it with washabi which I tasted once and I swore never try it again. Anyway when I read that you get them in confectioneries I understood that they are sweet.

  2. Nice of you to share the photos as this is the first time I set my eyes on this beautiful snacks.
    I can't bear to see it being eaten...haha

  3. Hi Ivy,

    Oh nooo, I'm so sorry you have misadventure with wasabi (horseradish)... Actually, I love it... and another is the 'gari' - pickled ginger. Sushi gari is eaten to cleanse your palate or taste before you eat another different sashimi/sushi. I think is matter of preferences.

  4. Hi CK Lam... you're right they are too beautiful to eat but temptation is too much :-P Also, the packaging...sigh... If permits my home will be full with Japanese boxes, wrappers & gift bags. They are too beautiful to throw away too :-(

  5. This is fascinating, thank you.



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