Last autumn and a few weeks ago, I visited Kanshun-do in Shichijo. Oh this will be my regular seasonal plan, making beautiful and tasty wagashi!
You wash your hands and take a seat, closer to the master is better;) He gives you a paper of today's wagashi to make with names and explanation (in English). Now the course begins!
You can make three moist sweets and one dry sweet. Just as if you go back to a kindergarten and play with dough, you carefully curve and cut, blend colours and make shapes of flowers and leaves. The master's hands show a magic. He moves his fingers and tools rhythmically and tenderly, and voila, a jewel appears!
Here, this is my little creation, Azalea (Tsutsuji)!
甘春堂東店 - Kanshun-do, Higashi-mise -
2 160 yen per person, takes 1 hour 15 minutes for four kinds of wagashi and a tea
starts everyday at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
You need to make a reservation in advance. I was lucky to get seats just a day before, but no guarantee for such short notice. Please be careful, there are two shops nearby, so you have to go one near Hokoku shrine, not by the river.
There is another branch in Arashiyama too.