Wagashi desserts in Rome

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 土曜日, 11月 21, 2009 - Save & Share - One Comment

According to Kyodo News, a demonstration in the art of making Wagashi (和菓子)desserts, small traditional Japanese sweets, on the themes of flowers and birds was given to about 200 people in Rome on Nov.17.
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Wagashi desserts are traditional Japanese confectionery which is often served with tea, especially the types made of mochi, azuki bean paste, and fruits.

Staff from the traditional Wagashi desserts maker Saiundo (彩雲堂) based in Matsue (松江市),  demonstrated how to create the sweets and decorate them at the event organized by the Japan Foundation.

Saiundo has been offering excellent wagashi for more than 130 years.




Italian food critic Domenico Musci struck an impressive note on the event, saying, ”Though these Japanese desserts taste less sweet than Italian ones and leave a bit to be desired, their look is new to us and make us feel the sense of tradition.”

Saiundo plans to mount similar events in other cities in Europe such as Berlin and Athens.

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One Response to “Wagashi desserts in Rome”

Comment from Flavia Grassetti
Time 19/05/2010 at 21:49

Yes, it’s true!!

I was there, and I really liked this event at the cultural Institute in Rome!

They explained how to cook and decorate, and then offered a sweet for tasting to everyone^^

Hope one day will open a shop in Rome (actually just in Jp, and NY!).

cheers from Italy!


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