I know for many of you sweets are one of the reasons that you come to class to drink tea. I hope you have all appreciated my poor attempts at home made wagashi. This sweet is called hanabira mochi. It is the traditional New years' sweet of Urasenke. I love the taste of this sweet for it mix of sweet and salty flavors.
For those of you in Seattle, there is now a professional tea sweet maker called Tokara.
Tokara is a Seattle-based confectionery that prepares only freshly made Japanese sweets known as wagashi. These traditional Kyoto-style confections are crafted to reflect the seasonal changes and the beauty of nature in color, shape, and taste. Handmade by Chef Tokara, a selection of wagashi echoing the current season of the year – be it spring, summer, fall, or winter – are offered monthly.
Chef Tokara prepares wagashi using the centuries-old Kyoto method and carefully selects only the best and freshest ingredients to ensure her confections are of the highest quality. Her dedication and meticulous attention to craft and technique produces sweets that are visually stunning and exquisitely flavorful. And for Chef Tokara, taste is most important. “It must be delicious!”
Harmony, purity, respect and tranquility. These are the four principles of tea ceremony distilled from Japanese culture. In this ten week class, students will be introduced to Chado, the way of tea. The arts of Japan will be examined through the ritual preparation and drinking of matcha, Japanese ceremonial tea.
Students will participate in at least six tea ceremonies, an incense ceremony, and kimono dressing. Japanese architecture, gardening,ceramics, flower arranging and calligraphy will also be covered. The final class will be a formal tea gathering for friends and family at the Portland Japanese Garden authentic tea house.
New Class: Starts Wednesday, Wednesday January 12 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
3826 NE Glisan St.
Once a week for 10 weeks
Fee: $250, materials will be available for purchase at class.