Sunday, May 27, 2012

wagashi late spring 4

Gensui near Nijo of Kyoto is a traditional wagashi house.  I visited the place to buy the famous Tokiwagi which is a kind of kohaku with red beans inside.  I brought back to Vancouver, and my parents and I tried it and we all agree that it is far superior to any other kohaku we have ever tasted, surpassing even Eirakuya's Yuzu kohaku.  Gensui's interior is decorated with many Kogeigashi which is the craft of using candy to craft realistic representation of flowers and birds as exhibition pieces.  There are eagles and pines, peony flowers etc.  Back to Tokiwagi, it is an representation of the texture and appearance of pine tree trunk. 

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