Ameshin, the famous Amezaiku confectionery in Tokyo offers a unique experience. In its premises in Asakusa, the confectioner holds workshops to discover the Amezaiku and it is open to the public. The Amezaiku is an ancient Japanese art of candy crafted. Often the candies are carved into animals or insects. Here, for 3,000 yen per person, you learn how to create your own rabbit candy. To do this, you must register on the Ameshin website (note that the page of the workshop is exclusively in Japanese, it does not exist in the English version of the website). If you do not speak Japanese, it is possible to register (thanks to Google translate) but Ameshinstaff still ask that participants have a basic level in Japanese.
In fact our Japanese level is very low but we absolutely wanted to participate in the workshop so we replied that we had a basic conversational level. But it doesn't matter in the end, they have an instruction page in English and we achieve very well to follow the Amezaiku master looking at his gestures and stammering 2 or 3 words :) There are only 2 tools necessary for the creation of the candy sculpture : a wooden stick to support the sculpture and a pair of scissors for sugar. Finally, you need a ball of sugar heated to 90 degrees Celsius. During the workshop, youcan try 2 times on a kind of hot wax. It is a substance that has almost the same consistency as heated sugar and it is as malleable. Attention, you only have 3 minutes to carve your sugar because after, it hardens and breaks very easily. The material you are going to sculpt by hand and using the scissors, is very hot, so it will be necessary to make small gestures, not too strong (otherwise you'll have a blister on the thumb like me lol) and quite specific. To help the participants, it is possible to ask th Amezaikue master to start the sculpture until the step 3 to have the head of the rabbit pre-sculpted. In the end, all our sculptures do not really look like rabbits, even with the little help from the master but this is not the most important. The important thing is to participate, right ? ;p
This workshop is really interresting, we have lot of fun carving rabbits that ultimately looks more like pigs or deers .... Everything but not rabbits LOL ! We laugh a lot, we make fun of each other but it was a good experience. You can keep your candy sculpture as a souvenir and take it home.