|Hatsu Yume "First Dream."|
I wanted to share some images of her spectacular work here. Wagashi are not only delicious and beautiful to look at; they also elicit an emotional response due to their seasonal nature. Sometimes the reference is visual, with elements in winter like snow, or the last autumn leaf. Or, the reference is poetic with names that take the mind to the implied time of year, much like a haiku poem and just as brief in physical time, but everlasting in its spiritual imprint. I hope these images take you a place to enjoy the current winter season, wherever you are. Visit Tokaragashi for more info and year-round images of her wagashi creations.
Hatsu Yume (First Dream) features whole white beans surrounding a sweetened smooth white bean paste, held together by a lightly plum flavored gelatin. The first dream of the new year is considered an auspicious sign; especially if the dream is about an eggplant, a hawk, or Mount Fuji.
Here, this wagashi is served with Matcha in White Oni Hagi Chawan on Kamakura-bori lacquer tray. Sweet plate by Mika Sullivan.
Kan Tsubaki (Winter Camellia) contains a red bean paste center enveloped in mochi and covered with delicate wafer crumbs resembling snow. The Chawan is Black Raku by George Gledhill of Payette, Idaho. WaSabiDou has been representing George's work for several years among tea ware collectors across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Another sweet plate by Mike Sullivan.