茶の湯 in サンフランシスコ ・ Japanese Tea Ceremony を San Franciscoで

表千家四方社中の茶の湯ブログ Japanese Tea Ceremony Blog for Shikata Shachu – Omotesenke

和菓子作り決行!・We Made Sweets!

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2014 年1 月26 日(日曜日)に午後2:00 からお菓子作り教室が行われました。講師はサンフランシスコにお住まいの三野宮貞子さんだったのですが、偶然お父様が日本からお見えとのことでお父様にも講師として参加して頂くことができました。お父様は東京にある宮内庁御用達の創業百七十余年の某老舗和菓子屋で40年程職人さんとしてお仕事をされていたそうです。さすがプロの方のお菓子作りを目の前で見学できたことは素晴らしい経験となりました。

Our Japanese Sweets-Making Class was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2014.  The instructor was Ms. Teiko Sannomiya, a resident of San Francisco.  As luck would have it, her father happened to be visiting from Japan, and he also participated as an instructor.  Mr. Sannomiya worked for about 40 years as a professional confectioner at an old, established Japanese sweets shop in Tokyo with history of 170 years in business and an authorized supplier to the Imperial Household Agency.  It was without a doubt a great treat for us to observe a real professional in action making sweets.

講習会前の準備風景・Preparation Before Class

三野宮さんから時々「今父はこうしましたが、これは長年の勘の目分量でしたものですから皆さんはお家ではレシピの通りにして下さいね」というところまでご丁寧にご指導下さいました。

Ms. Sannomiya took an extra care by telling us a thing like: “My father did it that way, but he has developed his sense over the years so he can eyeball.  The rest of you – please stick to the recipe when you do this at home.”  Quite right.  Thank you for the pointer!


(上・Above)熱気のこもった講習会風景・During Class with Enthusiastic Participants
(下・Below)木型と型抜きの完成品・Wood Mold and Finished Products

あらかじめご用意下さった黒餡と白餡を使って、参加者さんのお好みで型抜き、茶巾しぼり、またはきんとんのお菓子を作りました。お菓子の型をお持ち下さいましたが、職人さん用のものはお手製の木彫りですから4万円($400)位するのだそうです!

We used the black and white bean paste provided to us to make our sweets of choice: with a mold (katanuki), hand-squeezing with wet linen cloth (chakin shibori), or with flakes created by pushing paste through a sieve (kinton).  Ms. Sannomiya brought professional-grade wood molds.  A mold of this quality, hand-carved by a professional woodworker, would cost about $400!


作成前と後・Before and After

お菓子作りの終わった後皆さんにお抹茶を一服差し上げました。楽しかったですよ。

At the end of the class we served tea (matcha) to participants.  Good times were had by all!

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