Saturday, 12 October 2019

JAPANESE DAY


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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