Learn to Make Japanese Sweets – Autumn Nerikiri

Three Chrysanthemum shaped pastel colored neriki sweets in a wooden bowl. Learn how to make Autumn-themed Nerikiri with Wagashi Master, Toshiko Sugii Steffes.

Attendees will make colorful Chrysanthemum designs of Nerikiri sweets.

This design is called “Kisewata(着せ綿)” and is a special design for “Chō yō no sekku(重陽の節句)” which means chrysanthemums celebrations or longevity celebration on September 9th. Chrysanthemums are believed to have the power to purge evil spirits and bring longevity in Japan.

Nerikiri was originally made to be served in the Japanese tea ceremony. Nerikiri is made by mixing and kneading the ingredients white butter bean paste and mochi rice cake.

Date: Friday, September 9, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm CS

Fee: $65 for JASC Members, $75 for Non-members

Materials will be available for pick up at the JASC office weekdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at 4427 N. Clark Street, Chicago or mailed directly to your home (Continental U.S. only, please). Please indicate on the registration form your preference.

Attendees will need to prepare the following:
food color (any brand)
towel for wiping your hands
plastic wrap
tea strainer



Presented by Toshiko Sugii Steffes, a Japanese sweets (WAGASHI) designer.Cup of green tea on wooden tray with traditional Japanese tea whisk and spoon with a red lacquered macha tea container.

“I am fascinated by the beauty of WAGASHI, which is expressive of the four seasons and nature. My creations are boundless as there is so much variety and sophistication in WAGASHI techniques. I have been trained in traditional WAGASHI with a renowned teacher, and contemporary WAGASHI with a rising star teacher. I am a certified master in making WAGASHI. I make custom order sweets, offer demonstrations, exhibit, and also teach WAGASHI making in the USA and Japan.

Website: https://kohakuto.com/

Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/jp/shop/BlossomSweets

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