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Wagashi — Japanese Sweets

Wagashi traditional Japanese sweets have evolved over centuries, influenced first by Chinese culture and later by Western confections. While adaptation of new ingredients and techniques from other cultures was an important aspect of the development of Japanese sweets, the Japanese have incorporated their own artistic sense, creativity, and sensitivity to seasonal changes into their confectioneries and refined them as wagashi. Today, wagashi continues to be an integral part of Japanese culture and has begun to draw more interest and attention from overseas. This presentation introduces various types of wagashi produced in Japan and discusses their cultural meanings and significance. We also explain what makes wagashi distinct from Western confections by focusing on ingredients, cooking methods and techniques, and their designs as expressions of natural beauty and seasonal changes. Participants may taste samples of summer-themed wagashi and tea made by Bimi Bakery, LLC during the presentation.

Location: Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center, Meeting Rooms A-B
Session Time Price
Introduction to Wagashi—Japanese Sweets 4:00 p.m. $15.00
Introduction to Wagashi—Japanese Sweets 5:30 p.m. $15.00
Introduction to Wagashi—Japanese Sweets 7:00 p.m. $15.00

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