Junichi Mitsubori, wagashi, Kado, Asia Society, Japan, NYC, Japanese sweets

Hands-On Wagashi Workshop at Asia Society

Wagashi Master’s Workshop

Friday, June 14 from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Asia Society – 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street

Admission: $600/$500 members

Asia Society is hosting a special day of wagashi, or traditional Japanese sweets featuring Junichi Mitsubori, a third-generation wagashi artisan from Yokosuka City, Kanagawa. For the first time in the United States, Mitsubori will be teaching a hands-on wagashi workshop where attendees will learn how to make five artisanal Japanese designs.

In this eight-hour Master’s workshop, participants will learn to create the five wagashi designs depicted below and an exclusive New York bonus design. From the making of the nerikiri (bean paste with mochi) to the various techniques used to mold, sculpt, and color these edible masterpieces, attendees will be fully immersed in this beautiful and delectable art form. The workshop will break for lunch from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., and attendees are asked to make their own arrangements.

Junichi Mitsubori, wagashi, Kado, Asia Society, Japan, NYC, Japanese sweets
Photos ©Junichi Mitsubori

Master Mitsubori founded his own school of wagashi, called Kadō, which uses bespoke utensils, calculated gestures, and music to produce a highly stylized wagashi experience. His purpose is to spread the culture of the wagashi to all corners of the globe and to help the children of his country see that becoming a wagashi chef as a viable career path. His talent has been showcased at prestigious venues around the world, including the Sydney Opera House and the Salon du Chocolat in Paris.

All materials will be provided. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve your spot, please visit Asia Society’s website.