Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ikebana and Wagashi

An exhibition with the theme "Welcome Treat in the Cherry Blossoms Season" was held at the "Toraya Gallery" in Tokyo from March 12th to 17th. It was a collaboration with Toraya, makers of Wagashi, the traditional Japanese Confectionery. Iemoto Akane Teshigahara created many beautiful works using Seven kinds of Sakura( cherry blossoms) and spring flowers. It sure was a treat for all the senses!! Here are some pictures !












By the way, Wagashi
is the traditional Japanese confectionery. It does not merely encompass a single group of confection; the art of Japanese confectionery owes its diversity in large part to its ingredients and methods of preparation.

Toraya is one of the oldest makers of traditional confectionery in Japan. According to an archive, Toraya was already supplying confectionery to the Imperial Family in the 16th century as it still does today. From the earliest times to the present day, the ownership of Toraya has passed directly from generation to generation.


Information & Ikebana Picture Coutesy :
Sensei Shumho, Japan (http://ikebana2.cgdays.com)
Wagashi Info Courtesy :
http://www.toraya-group.co.jp/english/index.html (Please do visit. It is very interesting.)