Vegan and Gluten-free Japanese Sweets Class: Christmas Menu

Create Christmas themed traditional Japanese Wagashi!

2 hours Class size 1 to 5 (public classes), 3 to 6

label $70 (or 4 payments of $17.50 Afterpay)

Discover how to create traditional Japanese Wagashi for Christmas in this beginner-friendly dessert class!

Traditional Japanese sweets, known as Wagashi (literally Japanese confections), capture the essence of the four seasons. Wagashi can be categorised into three different types; Nama Gashi (fresh sweets), Han Nama Gashi (semi-baked sweets) and Higashi (dry sweets).

In this class, you will learn how to make the Nama Gashi--fresh sweets. Known for their beautiful presentation and delicate taste, this class focuses on making Christmas-themed Nama Gashi. Experience the joy of making a snowman, a Christmas tree and a santa!

Made from rice flour and beans, this is perfect for people who are gluten-free or vegan.

Class outline:

  • Learn how to make key ingredients such as Nama Gashi paste and bean paste.
  • Learn how to create three Christmas Nama Gashi--Japanese fresh sweets.

Worried about your skill level? Don't be! This workshop is specifically designed for beginners, so you'll feel comfortable and confident as you learn.

Please note:
  • All ingredients will be gluten-free, however, the environment is not totally gluten-free.
  • Two friendly dogs are on the premises however they will be kept outside during the lesson.
  • This class does not include "Tea Ceremony"

Knowledge required
This class is for anybody interested in Japanese sweets. Beginners are welcome.
What you'll get
  • Three delicious Japanese Nama Gashi - fresh sweets.
  • The opportunity to socialise with like-minded people.
  • Take-home recipes for everything you make.
What to bring
Please bring your favourite apron, tea towels, mask and pen.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, Christmas party, birthday or hens party.

This would also be a lovely gift for her, gift for mum or birthday gift.


St Ives, NSW

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Vegan and Gluten-free Japanese Sweets Class: Christmas Menu location
Your teacher
Sumi Saikawa

I was born in a Zen temple in Kobe Japan, which was an amazing environment to grow up in as a little kid. I was always in the kitchen to help make shojin ryori with mum (Temple cooking) for as long as I can remember for the temple. This was where my curiosity and fascination of food came from especially its part to play in culture and role it plays to keep the body and mind healthy.

From there, I graduated from university and worked as a dietitian in Japan for many years before meeting my husband and coming to Australia. My husband and I immigrated to Australia over 27 years ago now where we have made ourselves a family with 2 (not so young anymore) children. Now, I run lots of health oriented - cooking classes including "shojin ryori" for people living in Australia and Japan from all stages of life from the elderly to children.

My meal style: I try to give to initiative to prepare the foods even in a busy life. I appreciate the foods and I try to make food which will make me be happy.

Verified reviews

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Diana McKay Nov 2023

Sumi is a very patient teacher and we made three lovely fresh wagashi sweets. We really enjoyed the class - ありがとう ございます
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