Asakusa, home of Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Road, and many other sightseeing locations full of the charm of Edo, also has many places where one can experience Japan’s traditional culture. I will report 3 ‘Wa’ experiences you can enjoy while strolling through town. This time, I will become a confectioner and experience some edible art!
Delicate 'Wa' traditional arts. Try your skills at confectionary arts!
"Asakusa Ameshin Confectioners"
"Asakusa Ameshin Confectioners" is located on a quiet street just off of the main road in Asakusa. This is one of Japan's few confectionary specialty shops. Here, not only can you buy candy, but you can also experience the art of making it yourself!
Confectionary arts is the creation of delicate candies from skill using just one pair of scissors. It has its roots in the performances of candy sellers hawking in the streets famous during the Edo period, and into the Showa period where they were a common sight in parks.
Nowadays, traditional Japanese candy confectioners are only usually seen at festivals. Famous confectioner, Tezuka Shinri, runs classes here when he is not travelling Japan to promote the trade.
I inquired on how confections are made while witnessing some amazing handicraft skills. 。
＜How to make sweet confections＞
The life-like creations are a specialty of this confectionary shop. I was told that the motto is to create fine confections while adding to age old traditional techniques.
The animals and flowers are very beautiful, but my favorite were the fish confections. The translucence of the candy is a perfect match for creating beautiful aquatic creatures. It really makes for a lively creation. The confection I made had some flaws, so I kept it for myself rather than giving it as a gift. But you can select premade confections as gifts for your friends.
※All prices are from April, 2014, and include tax (8% sales tax).
Asakusa Ameshin Confectioners
1st fl. Imado 1-4-3, Taito-ku, Tokyo. Ph：03-5808-7988 Hours：11am - 6pm. holiday：Thurs. （unscheduled holidays possible） Directions：12 minutes on foot from Tobu Sky Tree Line, Asakusa Station. 15 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro, Ginza or Toei Asakusa Line, Asakusa Station Exit 5.
※"Confectionary Classroom"runs on an irregular schedule. （Please confirm and reserve a spot at our homepage.）。
ClassPrice: Adult: 2500 yen. High school student or younger: 2000 yen.
※Elementary school students and younger must be accompanied by an adult.