Seminar Report: Japanese Sweets & Sake - Traveling beyond Time -
Sake culture seminar “Japanese Sweets & Sake -Traveling beyond Time-“ was held at OZU Kyoto on March 28, 2015.
Syoji Yamaguchi, who is the master confectioner of a local pastry shop Kyoto Suetomi, gave a lecture regarding history of Japanese sweets and how it has made a dramatic change to the modern style throughout its long history since the days when sugar was hard-to-find and luxury goods.
According his lecture, in the past, only members of aristocracy could enjoy Japanese sweets together with Sake, and technique making Japanese sweets which embody seasonal beauty has developed along with Japanese art of tea ceremony. He also showed photos of varieties of Japanese sweets that were the special collaborative work with different businesses of domestic and international.
Participants enjoyed the special sweets for the day, “Funoyaki” thin cookies with sake, which dates back to 16 century when Sen no Rikyu played an active role. They had a pleasant time with Japanese sweets and sake traveling beyond time.