No, I didn’t procrastinate this time. I decided to make it a rule to post a wagashi entry on the last day of every month. That way, this blog’s monthly archives will always have a wagashi entry on top, which I hope will give you a taste of the month before you scroll down. :)
Aokaede (Green Maple)
Green maple seems to be a popular wagashi theme for early summer and mid-summer in the world of tea ceremony. In this time of the year, being in the shade created by elegant green maple leaves, you can temporarily forget the unbearable heat in the daytime. The soothing beauty must have triggered thousands of confectioners to recreate it with wagashi.
This aokaede is basically a kanten jelly with green colored an (sweet bean paste) just partially covering the top. It is amazing that having this small green part on top can give you a stronger impression of greenness than coloring the entire jelly green.
Another kanten jelly with the theme related to something cold...
This whirlpool shape is called Kanze-sui or Kanze-mizu 観世水, which is one of Japanese traditional patterns. It derived from the crest of Kanze family -- the famous noh (Japanese traditional drama) master’s family. The design symbolizes the water ripples in the well at their family shrine in Kyoto.
The dark spots on the right are a couple of azuki beans representing pebbles in the clear water. Kanzesui jellies often contain small beans, and they give a nice accent to the taste and texture of the jelly.
Wagashi by Shingetsu
* These photos were taken with my old camera.
Monday, July 31, 2006
Posted by obachan at 7/31/2006 11:16:00 PM