Wagashi, or Japanese confectionary is deeply related to the seasons, festivals, and occasions of Japan, and plays a vital role in the Japanese culture. It is an art in itself. We would like to introduce to you the many wagashis that can be enjoyed thorough the year, and will start a series named “Wagashi Favorites”, posting one of our favorite wagashi every other week.
The plums are in full bloom, and that means we are saying goodbye to the plum season.
This week’s wagashi is Kobore Ume -Falling Plum- from Taichi, a neighborhood Japanese confectionary shop in Meguro. Founded in 1953, Taichi is dedicated to producing wagashi for the Japanese tea ceremony. In the Japanese tea ceremony, we enjoy matcha green tea with either or both the moist confectionary and dry confectionary. Like many things in Japan, the tea ceremony puts a lot of emphasis on the seasons, and the wagashi used for the tea ceremony always depicts something that is cherished during that time of year. I take tea ceremony lessons, and this is where I first had this beautiful wagashi. Taichi’s confectionary are sweet but not too sweet, and is the perfect match with the matcha green tea. The elegant pink also matches the moss green of the matcha green tea, and it is a delight not only to the mouth but also the eyes.
Taichi’s confectionary is sold by order only. You need to call in 2-3 days in advance, and they will deliver directly the morning you need it. They deliver even for a small amount, mainly in the Meguro, Shibuya, Shinagawa areas. It is advised you call in advance to see if they will deliver to your area. Taichi changes its confectionary every month, and the colorful and elegant seasonal sweets are enjoyed by locals, especially among tea ceremony practitioners.
This confectionary celebrates not only the plums in full bloom, but also the plums that have passed. Cherishing the transient nature of things is one of the aesthetics unique to Japan. We hope you enjoy the last of the plums this weekend!!
Address: 〒152-0012 1-24-22 Senzoku Meguro-ku Tokyo
Tel:03-3712-8940(Japanese only- it would be good to have a Japanese person call for you)