Wagashi, or ‘Japanese-style confectionery’, has had a long and illustrious history. Created from plant-based ingredients such as azuki beans and rice, the elegant and delicate handmade creations are the result of artistry and have entertained not only the Japanese palate but also their eyes. Often reflecting the seasons, evoking nature, and symbolising important rites of life, wagashi, the elaborate art form with many shapes and colours, has co-existed for many years with other Japanese cultural staples, particularly literature.
In this special talk, NAKAYAMA Keiko, archivist at the famed Toraya Confectionery, will introduce the charms of this artistry unique to Japan by tracing its history while looking into the distinctive aesthetic principles, materials and designs. She will also elaborate on its relationship with Japanese culture and literature, such as its mention in The Tale of Genji or Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book.
Though sadly you will not be able to savour the taste in this talk, it will still be a treat for the eyes.
Date & time: 28th July, 2021 (8pm UTC+08)