Tag Archives : Japanese sweets


     Enjoy cooling down using all of your senses, in the midst of summer in Japan. In May, a hearth is replaced by a portable brazier (furo, 風炉) and the equipment are arranged for summer. During the cold months, a hearth is placed close to the guests where as in summer, the heat is positioned far from the guests. “Keep it cool in summer and warm in winter so that the host can offer tea to the guests in the best possible condition” is the principle passed on from our predecessors. We invite you to feel the coolness with […]

A hint of early summer enjoyed in our tea ceremony ...


     Sweets served with matcha are made from healthy foods such as beans and yam potatoes. You can taste them even if you’re on a diet of vegan. Many visitors are surprised that they have a sweet taste. How about experiencing all the process of cooking sweets?   Please check: http://goo.gl/QM2sso

Healthy sweets



    Many people enjoy many chances of bowing during a tea ceremony. As a guest, you need to bow many times sitting inside a tea room. It shows appreciation and respect for the master of ceremony. It is very typical Japanese culture!    Please check: http://goo.gl/zEFQLw

Enjoy bowing!


      Each tea ceremony has its theme such as season, particular person or event. Based on that, the master of the ceremony decides sweets served with matcha, tea bowls and hanging scroll. One time the theme was spring.   sweets: Sweets chef drawed cherry blossoms. They are representative as spring flower. hanging scroll is written as “春水満四澤”   It means that all the rivers in the mountain are filled with snow melting water. It reminds us of the satisfaction in mind.    Please check: http://goo.gl/zEFQLw

Spring as the theme of tea ceremony



Cherry trees are getting ready to bloom very soon. In a couple of weeks, we’ll be enjoying the flowers along the park that leads us to our tea instructor’s house in Toritsudaigaku. We had a mother and two daughters at our casual tea ceremony workshop today. They are from Salt Lake City, Utah (USA). The daughters tried sitting in the Japanese formal way, which even we Japanese have hard time doing. The sweets were in the shape of cherry blossoms and there was a hint of Spring at every corner of the room. Thank you ladies for your interest and […]

Tour Report – Mar. 13th, 2017


  It is still cold but there is a hint of spring in the air. We had two couples at our tea ceremony workshop yesterday at Toritsu-daigaku. One couple is from India and another from Italy. The tea bowls, utensils and the setup of the tea room had the theme of spring. Some of the tea bowls had motifs of the girls festival “hinamatsuri”. They did amazing job in preparing matcha tea themselves although it was their first time doing so. It was fun visiting Japanese sweets shop after the tea ceremony as it was decorated beautifully with cherry blossoms […]

Tour Report – Mar. 4th, 2017



      They are “cherry blossom” and bird themed Jo-namagashi. Jo-namagashi refers to the highest quality Japanese sweets used in tea ceremonies. Guests can participate in the step-by-step process of preparing the sweets (from kneading the dough, coloring, forming the shape and designing sweets). It is a private lesson where guest can enjoy detailed personalized instruction.    If you are interested in this post, please check below!!  http://goo.gl/QM2sso  

Spring recipes have arrived for the wagashi making class!


  They are made of Wagashi (Japanese sweets). Very popular in our class “Wagashi Making”. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Let’s meet in our class next year.    Please check below!! http://goo.gl/QM2sso

Here comes snowmen.



We welcomed very wonderful guests who came from Bangkok, Thailand in our tour “Enjoy Wagashi Making with Uji Matcha Tea in Tokyo” today. They are a married couple. They are aiming to provide Wagashi (Japanese sweets) at their Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. So, we provided information to buy ingredients and cooking utensils in addition to a Wagashi lesson. We hope that many people enjoy Wagashi in Thailand. And we will completely work hard for them. Please look at their beautiful works.   If you are interested in this post, please check below! Wagashi Making Class with Uji Matcha Tea in […]

Tour Report – Nov. 27th, 2016


We welcomed very wonderful guests who came from San Francisco, USA in our tour “Enjoy Wagashi Making with Uji Matcha Tea in Tokyo” today. They made two kinds of Japanese sweets, Peony (寒椿) and Chrysanthemum (菊). Both of them are one of the most famous and beautiful winter flowers in Japan. Please look at their beautiful works.   If you are interested in this post, please check below! Wagashi Making Class with Uji Matcha Tea in Tokyo: http://goo.gl/QM2sso   The Scenes from This Tour                     If you are interested in this post, […]

Tour Report – Nov. 24th, 2016



We welcomed a very wonderful guest who came from Colorado, USA in our tour “Enjoy Wagashi Making with Uji Matcha Tea in Tokyo” yesterday. She is a chef. She said that she would like to add Japanese sweets to the menu of her restaurant in the future. We are really looking forward to it!   If you are interested in this post, please check below! Wagashi Making Class with Uji Matcha Tea in Tokyo: http://goo.gl/QM2sso   The Scenes from This Tour             If you are interested in this post, please check below! Wagashi Making Class with […]

Tour Report – Nov. 5th, 2016


We welcomed very wonderful guests who came from Melbourne, Australia in our tour “Enjoy Wagashi Making with Uji Matcha Tea in Tokyo” today. Their work was very quick, skillful, and soft. Please look at their beautiful works.   If you are interested in this post, please check below! Wagashi Making Class with Uji Matcha Tea in Tokyo: http://goo.gl/QM2sso   The Scenes from This Tour             If you are interested in this post, please check below! Wagashi Making Class with Uji Matcha Tea in Tokyo: http://goo.gl/QM2sso  

Tour Report – Oct. 31th, 2016