Saturday, 12 October 2019


The theme of the October meeting was Japanese Day, an annual event on the calendar which focusses on some aspect of Japanese culture. This year the focus was on
 Wagashi (Japanese sweets) and Chabana (Tea Flowers). 


Our guest speaker was Minako Asai, the owner and chef of Minnie Sweets, a specialist company that makes traditional Japanese sweets, that are usually served with Japanese tea, Matcha

In her presentation Ms Asai emphasised the importance of Japanese aesthetics that goes into the making of these sweets, pointing out that we first eat with our eyes before we put them in our mouths.

Ms Asai demonstrated the complex methods and specialist tools used for making this beautifully crafted confectionary. 
Below are some examples of the Wagashi she made at the meeting.


As usual members created ikebana responding to the meetings theme.

Christopher James, Sogetsu School

Jenny Loo, Sogetsu School

Kim Ng, Ohara School

Josephine Tan, Ohara School

Lee Johnstone, Sogetsu School

Rachel Lok, Shogetsudo koryu School

Akemi Suzuki, Sogetsu School

Margaret Wilson, Sogetsu School

Reiko Ito, Sogetsu School

Beverley Webster, Sogetsu School

Margaret Leung, Sogetsu School

Anne Conrick, Ohara School

Greta Young, Sogetsu School

Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School

Betty Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School

Toula Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School

Helen Marriott, Shogetsudo Koryu School

Kaye Wong, Ichiyo School

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