Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class - Winter Menu

Learn how to create traditional Japanese Wagashi sweets

2 hours Class size 1 to 5

label $80 (or 4 payments of $20 Afterpay)

Discover how to create traditional Japanese Wagashi and experience whisking powdered green tea at this fun desserts class in St Ives!

Traditional Japanese sweets, known as Wagashi (literally Japanese confections), capture the essence of the four seasons. They are an artistic Japanese confectionery made by copying seasonal features. Wagashi is often served at tea ceremonies, but it also makes for a great sweet that can be consumed any time of the day.

Wagashi can be categorised into three different types, such as Nama Gashi (fresh sweets), Han Nama Gashi (semi baked sweets) and Higashi (dry sweets).

In this class, your teacher will show you how to create the Nama Gashi – fresh sweets. They are the most well-known for their beautiful presentation and delicate taste.

They are perfect for the gluten or vegan diet as they are made from rice flour, kuzu starch, beans, Japanese aga aga and sugar.

Class outline:

  • Learn how to make key ingredients, such as bean paste. (Demonstration only)
  • Create three types of winter wagashi.
  • Learn how to prepare, make and drink matcha green tea during a Japanese tea ceremony.

Over the course of the two-hour, hands-on class, which is perfect for beginners, your teacher Sumi will guide you on how to prepare and make individual wagashi.

This class is suitable for people who are Japanese sweets lovers and for gluten/vegan diets, follow a vegan lifestyle or just have an interest in these desserts.

Please note: All ingredients will be gluten-free, however, the environment is not totally gluten-free.

Knowledge required
This class is for anybody interested in Japanese sweets. Beginners are welcome.
What you'll get
  • Three delicious Japanese wagashi sweets, such as ”Shibori Tubaki-two colour's camelia flower, "Saji Kiku" - chrysanthemum with a spoon, "Matsu no Yuki" - Snow on pine tree
  • Taste matcha green tea
  • Great discussion with like-minded people
  • Insight into Japanese culture
  • Recipes for everything you make
What to bring
Please bring your favourite apron, tea towels, mask and pen.

Sumi Saikawa adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.


St Ives, NSW

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Your teacher

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.

More about this class

This class is new, and this teacher has 45 reviews for their other experiences - which you can see here.

This class is also covered by ClassBento's money-back guarantee.

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