Now extended through March 16!
Learn about the history and culture of ocha and wagashi through an informational exhibit, part of our month-long program Ocha and Wagashi at the JICC presented with Matsukawaya and Myokoen.
There are many ways to experience a culture. Each culture’s distinct flavor can been seen in its customs, lifestyles, food, and industry. For some, culture is experienced in the rhythm of life or through its products.
However, food is the most revealing aspect of culture and there is no better way to experience it than through tea, that universal "sensory experience" enjoyed by people around the world. Tea has been enjoyed in Japan for nearly a thousand years and Japan’s distinct cultural flavor is evident in its "tea culture."
There are two essential ingredients of tea culture in Japan: ocha (tea) and wagashi (sweets). The history and culture of both are intimately connected and that is what this program hopes to bring to you. See, learn, and experience these important cultural ingredients with masters and artisans from the lead makers of ocha and wagashi.
Wagashi are traditional Japanese sweets, which portray the season with their shape, color, and ingredients. They are works of art designed to appeal to all the senses with their appearance, flavor, aroma, feel, and the sounds of their names and why they are also known as the "art of the five senses." Usually accompanied by Japanese ocha (tea), wagashi are an essential part of Japanese culture and tradition.
Please note that there will not be any products available for purchase at the JICC.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from February 5 through March 2 and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. The JICC will be closed on February 19 in observance of holidays.
About Matsukawaya Co., Ltd.
Matsukawaya Co., Ltd. is an award-winning Japanese confectionery that was founded in 1862 in Nagoya, Japan. They strive to pass down and convey the important traditional Japanese culture of Wagashi, and to enrich the lives of all people by creating the enjoyment and deliciousness that is Wagashi, based on the beauty of nature and the four seasons of Japan. Matsukawaya recently opened a shop in Teaism in Penn Quarter.
About Myokoen Co., Ltd
Myokoen Co., Ltd. is a tea company from Nagoya that was established in 1916. Their motto is "tea enriches the heart" and use their delicate mixing technology to produce some of the finest teas in Japan.