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【Kyoto Tower Sando】Try to Create Food Replicas and Make Japanese Sweets!

Kyoto Tower Sando is a famous spot that debuted at Kyoto Tower, a symbol of Kyoto. Built under the three major elements comprised of Fine Dining, Souvenir, and Experience, the space from Basement 1 up to the 2nd Floor is filled with attention-grabbing shops. At the 2nd floor, guests are able to try various experiences that are representative of Kyoto, including workshops on making Japanese sweets.

This is a food replica. Doesn’t it look just like a real parfait? When you’re done, you can use it as a memo stand or holder!

The first food replica workshop to debut in Kyoto

You can experience making real-looking food samples such as Matcha Parfait, which is only available at the Kyoto Tower Sando Shop. It may look difficult to do at a glance, but qualified staff will be there to provide thorough guidance on how to make the food samples, so even beginners will feel at ease. You can even get hold of souvenirs at the annexed shop.

【Choose from two types of containers】 Select between a ceramic dish that has a very Kyoto-like feel and a glass dish that looks cool for the base where the food replicas will be arranged.

【Turn the sponge into a castella (sponge cake)】 Cut the sponge that will serve as the matcha sponge cake and then color it with paint.

【Arrange the ingredients】 Squeeze the cream to decorate the ingredients that are made from vinyl chloride resin.

【Apply varnish to make it look real】 If you apply varnish on the shiratama (white flour dumpling) and azuki beans, they will become glossy and look even more real!

【Complete】 Insert a memo clip and you’re done. It will take around three days for the silicone cream to dry, so carry it carefully on your way home.

“Squeezing the silicone cream that will become the whipped cream and ice cream is the hardest thing to do, but remember that the key to it is the pressure. When arranging the ingredients, if you place the tall items at the back, your food sample will become more balanced,” said Madoka Higa, a staff member at this shop.

【Check out the popular souvenirs!】

This is the Memo Stand Kawamuki Mikan (Large) (peeled orange memo stand) (2,980 JPY) which recreates up to the fibers on the thin skin of an orange.

The Nama Yatsuhashi (Matcha) Key Holder (580 JPY) (a nama yatsuhashi is the raw kind of Kyoto delicacy that uses red bean paste) is only available at the Kyoto Tower Sando Shop.

■Workshop DATA/Kyoto-Limited Matcha Parfait (2,980 JPY), Reservation: Reservation can be made by phone, etc., Required time: 45-60 minutes, Hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm (last entry at 8:00 pm), Number of participants: 1-24 persons, Age: From 3 years old (children must be accompanied by their guardians)

Design Pocket Kyoto Tower Sando Shop

Kyoto Tower Bldg. 2F, 721-1 Higashishiokoji-cho, Karasuma-dori, Shichijo-sagaru, Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto

Make your own delicate Japanese sweets that are the pride of Kyoto!

At 7jyo-kansyundo WAGASHI TAIKEN KYOSHITSU, you can try making various kinds of wagashi (Japanese sweets) that are created by this veteran shop whose base is located in front of Sanjusangen-do temple. You’ll surely be happy to know that you can sample the high-grade fresh Japanese sweets that have just been made by using a bamboo spatula and serving chopsticks. The Japanese sweets made at the workshop change every month, so the secret to success of this shop is the anticipation felt by participants over the possibility of seeing and trying a new wagashi whenever they come.

【Spread and pile up thin layers of an (bean paste)】For June, the fresh Japanese sweet (kinton, or mashed sweet potatoes) will be hydrangea. Spread and pile up the bean paste in three colors.

【Make a flower from the bean paste through the strainer】Press it against the kinton strainer to make blue and white hydrangeas!

【Cover the entire tsubu-an (coarse red bean paste) with flowers 】If you manage to apply the bean paste flowers perfectly on the entire tsubu-an, then the beautiful kinton is complete.

【Complete】At this workshop, participants will get to make three types of high-grade fresh wagashi and higashi (dry confectionery). In July, they are scheduled to have guests make such wagashi variants as one that looks like water trickling from rocks, wherein the moss will be created using green kinton bean paste.

【Enjoy the wagashi with the matcha tea you make!】 

Here, you can enjoy the piece of wagashi that you used for practice together with the Uji matcha tea you make. You can put the remaining pieces in a box as souvenir.

“The process will be explained through VTR, so it’s quite simple. The trick is not the palm of your hand, but the skillful use of your fingertips. Please make sure to experience making authentic Kyoto-style wagashi that has a long 150-year history,” said Ryo Kinoshita, president of the company.

■Workshop DATA/Fee: 2,700 JPY, Reservation: Reservation can be made by phone, etc., Required time: 60-90 minutes, Workshop schedule: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm (schedule may be changed for groups), Number of participants: 2-40 people, Age: At least elementary school age

<Phone: 075-371-0801, Hours: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm>

7jyo-kansyundo WAGASHI TAIKEN KYOSHITSU

Kyoto Tower Bldg. 2F, 721-1 Higashishiokoji-cho, Karasuma-dori, Shichijo-sagaru, Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 07.20.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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