Do you know ame shokunin, or candy artisan?
There are now less than 50 of such amezaiku artists in the whole of Japan.
He crafts incredible and realistic candy characters using a 1300-year old traditional art called Amezaiku since Edo period, a method in which a mix of sugar, water and starch is sculpted, shaped, colored and hardened.
Candy making in Tokyo in the Edo period, was also a form of street performance.
I urge you to check out this amazing tradition, and its incredible that Tezuka san is keeping the tradition alive in his candy studios, his products are for sale and he carries out demonstrations and hands on classes. Note that his candy is only for sale at Tokyo Skytree outlet.
I was really excited and booked a workshop session at his Asakusa store.
When Tezuka san demonstrated to us how to make the rabbit candy, he made it look super easy! It was actually quite challenging.
The sugar is really very hot but yet one cannot take your time to sculpt the candy as it will cool down and harden. But don’t worry, he is very patient and will guide you along.
If you love tradition art form, do pop by his Ameshin store and see all the astoundingly realistic candy animals.
Ameshin (Asakusa) * For workshop and demo only, no sales of candy
Address: 1F 1-4-3 Imado, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0024
(Japanese) 〒111-0024 東京都台東区今戸1-4-3 1F
Hours: 11:00~18:00, Closed on Thursday.
Ameshin (Tokyo Skytree) * For demo and sales of Amezaiku
Address: 4F, TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045