What is Amezaiku?
Amezaiku (飴細工) a traditional Japanese creation that is crafted candy art, the mixture is heated to 90 degrees Celsius then modeled with bare hands and a pair of scissors.
When the candy is warm, it is flexible and when it is cold, it hardens. It is not normal to where gloves while molding the candy, all of the candy is usually made without wearing gloves. After being molded, the candy is painted by hand.
History of Amezaiku
The art of amezaiku was imported from China during the Heian period. It was probably the first type of offerings made at temples in Kyoto. The crafted spread past the temple during the Edo period and it became a street performance. The base ingredient is liquid sugar that became wilder available in Japan. It flourished during the Edo period and became what is is today.
Since this can be a difficult craft, this beautiful unique trade can be hard to find. Amezaiku can be found at events and festivals.
However, there are several Amezaiku shops in Tokyo and one of the famous amezaiku shops is Ameshin. You can buy several goods at the shop in Skytree Solamachi and enjoy an amezaiku workshop at the head office in Asakusa.
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Address: 4F Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida Ward, Tokyo
Access: 5 minute walk from Oshiage Station
Hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM