Kyoto confectionary

Kyogashi (Kyoto confectionary) is a wagashi (traditional Japanese sweet) served at ceremonies and rituals. Since kyogashi is custom-made for special occasions, each piece is a “one-of-a-kind artwork” that will not be recreated. In the following interview, a confectioner from Kyoto’s Oimatsu Kodokan shop explains his work:

1. Unique Oimatsu process
Recipes are made-to-order for each customer. This requires a combination of chemistry and physics. The design skill to draw a sketch and create a 50-gram 3D form is essential. A piece is completed only after it is given a name. So, we have a group of science, literature, and design experts working together on each assignment.

2. “Eat by Ear” quality:
Unlike confectionary from Tokyo or Osaka, kyogashi can be savored by hearing. For example, there is a purple-and-white cake called Karakoromo. The name reminds the guest of a poem from the Tales of Ise that starts with the word karakoromo. Weaving together the initial syllable of each line in the poem makes up the word ka-ki-tsu-ba-ta, the Japanese name for Iris laevigata, a purple-and-white flower. Every kyogashi is created this way. So we must know all of the famous classical Japanese poems.

3. Kyogashi in the future
When people get together regularly at night to socialize, there may be fewer disturbances. We believe kyogashi has the potential to help revitalize the community. So, in a broader sense, it may help contribute to world peace.

2013-02-23 11:42:52
KYOTO CONFECTIONARY: http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/traditions/ Do you think Kyoto confectionary of Japan is cool? Visit our special site and vote! Real Japan is even cooler! Why don’t you visit Japan on All Nippon Airways?
2013-02-24 08:28:00
KYOTO CONFECTIONARY: http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/traditions/ Do you think Kyoto confectionary of Japan is cool? Visit our special site and vote! Real Japan is even cooler! Why don’t you visit Japan on All Nippon Airways?
218
11
16
Manga Museum
マンガミュージアム
Tea master
茶道家
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
Capsule hotel
カプセルホテル
Decorate anything
デコる
Itsukushima Shrine
厳島神社
High-tech toilet
ハイテクトイレ
Roppongi Hills
六本木ヒルズ
Shinjuku
新宿
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Sanshin
三線
Malaysia
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children
France
The Royal Doll Orchestra
Austraria
Final Fantasy X
USA
Gunbuster
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
Japanese knives
包丁
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
URUSHI
漆芸
SOBA
蕎麦
SUSHI
寿司
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
Nerhol
MANABU IKEDA
TABAIMO
YAYOI KUSAMA
NEBUTA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
IAI
居合
JUDO
柔道
KARATEDO
空手
SADO
茶道