Baked sweets currently available

4月 10th, 2015 Posted in blog in English | No Comments »

 

Here are our baked sweets currently available.
Castella (upper left): Japanese sponge cake.
Macha Castella (upper middle): Macha green tea-flavored Castella.
Miso-matsukaze(upper right): Pound cake-like baked sweet flavored with miso.
Baked Buns(lower left) :Five types available
Dora-yaki: Japanese pancake stuffed with sweetened azuki bean paste.
Ayugashi, one of our signature products (crepe-like, fish-shaped sweet stuffed with sweetened mochi sticky rice) will be coming out in early May!

焼菓子各種

Christmas Wagashi

12月 8th, 2014 Posted in blog in English | No Comments »

We are accepting pre-orders for Christmas Wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets). This year, we offer 2 types of decorative ball sweets and 3 types of Nama-gashi (fresh-type sweets depicting the Santa Claus, the Holy Night, and reindeer.) Celebrate this year’s Christmas with our sweets!

 

クリスマスデコレ2種

 

クリスマス生菓子

Wagashi Learning Program

7月 21st, 2014 Posted in blog in English | No Comments »

We hosted another Wagashi-making tour for a family from the U.S.
The father was one of the participants of an international workshop held in Gifu and brought his children along with him.
We are pleased that we were able to provide a memorable moment to the children as well.
We are looking forward to more opportunities to entertain foreign guests who come to Gifu and the surrounding region in addition to catering to our Japanese customers!

 

和菓子体験

Ayu-gashi Season Starts!

5月 23rd, 2014 Posted in blog in English | No Comments »

 

We have started selling our signature sweet, Ayu-Gashi (crepe-like, fish-shaped sweet stuffed with sweetened mochi) on May 6th! Why don’t you taste it to feel the herald of the Gifu summer!!

 

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Cherry Blossom Sweet

5月 21st, 2014 Posted in blog in English | No Comments »

This will be the last cherry blossom Wagashi we make this year, with five individual petals combined to shape one single flower.

 

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Spring Sweets

3月 14th, 2014 Posted in blog in English | No Comments »

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Once it becomes warmer and spring is just around the corner, we Wagashi confectioners make special sweets typical for this particular season: Sakura-mochi and Kusa-mochi!

Sakura-mochi consists of steamed sticky rice grain known as “Domyoji” filled with a mixture of sweetened white and red bean paste wrapped by a salted cherry leaf.
Kusa-mochi is made from the sticky rice dough containing mugwort stuffed with quality grainy bean paste.

Feel the breath of spring by eating our upscale Sakura-mochi and Kusa-moch

 

Experience Gifu Tour to be held on Feb. 15

2月 11th, 2014 Posted in blog in English | No Comments »

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On February 15th, we will host another Wagashi-making tour as part of a one-day tour, “Visit Traditional Shops in Gifu City.”
Here is a sneak preview of what our next tour will be like.  Please refer to the following link for details.
http://peatix.com/event/26453

Experience Gifu will hold two interesting tours this month.

2月 1st, 2014 Posted in blog in English | No Comments »

If you are interested in having a great cultural experience, I recommend joining the following tours held in Gifu this month!! You can obtain detailed information about each tour from the links.

http://peatix.com/event/26466

http://peatix.com/event/26453

Utakai-Hajime

1月 29th, 2014 Posted in blog in English | No Comments »

 During this time of the year, Wagashi confectioners create New Year sweets including those featuring the theme of New Year’s Waka poetry party known as “Utakai-Hajime. (Waka poems are generally classical Japanese verse forms consisting of 31 syllables in a 5-7-5-7-7 line pattern.) This year’s theme is “Shizuka,” a state of silence quietness, tranquility, or serenity, etc. It’s hard to put this abstract concept in shape but we can associate it with something related to its sound or character. One example is “Shizuka-Gozen,” a Shirabyoushi dancer who lived at the end of the Heian Period (794-1192). She is said to have been a lover of Minamotono-Yoshitsune, one of the most popular samurai military commanders in the medieval times. Yoshitsune’s older brother, Yoritomo is the founder of Japan’s first military government based in Kamakura and their conflict is one of the most famous sibling feuds in Japanese history.
We can find the following episode about her in a classic Japanese history book titled, “Azuma-Kagami. (The Mirror of the East).”

While going on the run with Yoshitsune, Shizuka parts with him due to a shipwreck and gets caught on her way back to Kyoto. She is then transferred to Kamakura, Yoritomo’s military base and ordered to perform Shirabyoushi dance in front of Tsurugaoka-Hachiman-gu (Shinto shrine). She dances to a song with its lyrics longing for Yoshitsune, which makes Yoritomo furious. However, Shizuka is eventually forgiven thanks to his wife, Hojyo Masako.

 

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Photo: “Shizu-no-mai (Dance of Shizuka)”
Karukan made from grated yam, rice powder and sugar sprinkled with black beans sandwiching yokan (jellied bean paste)

New Year's Wagashi

1月 12th, 2014 Posted in blog in English | No Comments »

New Year’s Wagashi depicting pine tree covered with snow, bamboo leaves, crane, Japanese ume plum blossom in the snow, first sunrise of the year, Japanese hand drum, coral bush, and toy horse (upper shelf from the left).

 

2014年新年菓