Four seasons and rural scenery are great blessings to us. See how wagashi, Japanese confectionery, can be created and served as an “interpreter” for appreciating the complex and delicate changes in our seasonal surroundings. Harney & Sons’ SoHo flagship store is pleased to offer a special hands-on class and tasting, where you’ll enjoy delicious matcha and exquisite wagashi prepared by artists Souheki Mori and Shiho Sakamoto. Mori will demonstrate the tea ceremony and make matcha especially for you. Sakamoto will show you how to create your own imaginative designs in wagashi confectionery. The event will also feature the latest ceramic tea bowls by Akihiro Nikaodo. As a courtesy to the artists and other participants, please arrive promptly.
Souheki Mori was born in Chiba, Japan and has been based in New York since 2011. Mori learned under the Japan Association of the Tea Ceremony for twenty one years, certified as a Japanese tea ceremony master in 2003, and holds the title of Jufuku-an. She has established Tea-Whisk Inc. in New York City to introduce the beauty of the Japanese Tea Ceremony with Junya Mori. In 2012, she became a Contemporary Chanoyu Award Winner as a distinguished tea master. She has hosted Japanese Tea Ceremony lecture, performances, and matcha class such as The American Museum of Natural History, Harney & Sons, Japan week NYC and many others around the Tri State area. Mori also participates in the tea ceremony internationally, including World Tea Gathering 2014 in Iceland, and the London Tea Club in U.K. Mori believes that within the tea ceremony is a force invisible and precious, and that one can achieve spiritual growth through practicing tea. www.tea-whisk.com
Shiho Sakamoto creates and supervises made-to-order Japanese confectionery for special tea ceremonies and events such as the film “Ask This of Rikyu (Rikyu ni Tazuneyo)” in 2013, a special tea ceremony for the opening COREDO Muromachi department store in Tokyo in 2014, and the tea ceremony for Japanese popular manga “Hyouge Mono” in 2014. She holds workshops in Japan and abroad. She joined “World Tea Forum" in Korea as a representative of Japanese confectionery chef in 2015, and also gave a demonstration how to make Japanese wagashi at Salone del Mobile, Milano in 2016. Sakamoto engages in creating wagashi for the tea ceremony hosted by Mrs. Akie Abe, the wife of the current Prime Minister of Japan. www.facebook.com/wagashi.shiwon