Wagashi and Tea Tasting

Wagashi and Tea Tasting

With Professor Kimiko Gunji

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Professor Gunji will introduce her new book, “The Art of Wagashi: Recipes for Japanese Sweets that Delight the Palate and the Eyes” and will teach workshop attendees how to prepare three different recipes.

Wagashi is commonly translated as Japanese sweets or confections. The major ingredients used for wagashi are sugar, various kinds of glutinous flours, and beans (either red or white). Wagashi is also referred to as the art of five senses – appealing to the sense of sight, taste, touch, smell and even to the sense of hearing by the sound of the lyrical names with their literary or seasonal associations.


This workshop is held in the 16th c. Sukiya-style guest house. Please wear or bring clean white socks to protect the tatami mat floors. Wearing shoes will not be permitted.


The Wagashi book is available for sale through the Anderson Japanese Gardens gift shop and she will autograph copies as part of the event.

$30 Premium Members | $35 Basic and Non-Members

Kimiko Gunji is Professor Emeritus of Japanese Traditional Arts and Culture and the former Director of Japan House at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and is an accomplished tea ceremony and ikebana instructor.

Space is limited and registration is required.