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Junichi Mitsubori Masterclass

Junichi Mitsubori

We are delighted to announce that Junichi Mitsubori will be returning to teach in November 2024. The registration links for the Nerikiri Wagashi Systematic Course Elementary and Intermediate courses are now available. Stay tuned for updates on Mitsubori sensei's latest works and courses. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from the master!

Junichi Mitsubori is a world-famous wagashi master, a third-generation wagashi artisan of traditional Japanese sweets store Izumiya (いづみや) and the director of the Association of Japanese Sweets. He was born in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, in 1974. In 1995, he graduated from the Seika Sweets College in Tokyo. Mitsubori first gained attention when he won TV Tokyo's "TV Champion R" dessert artisan competition in 2010". Still, his popularity grew when he initiated a daily photo project on Instagram called "Wagashi of the Day" in 2015 to promote his preferred style, "Nerikiri" work, to a broader, younger audience. The image-centric platform became the perfect stage for Mitsubori's elaborate creations, and his followers have now reached over 300,000.
 

Mitsubori turns the wagashi presentation into a new art form. In 2016, he founded his school Kado Ichikaryu. Kado (way of wagashi), a term that echoes the meticulous care and preparation involved in Chado (way of tea), uses bespoke utensils and calculated gestures to produce a highly stylized wagashi experience. Sophisticated wagashi like Nerikiri originated were naturally made by artisans' hands, and the wagashi are perfect in appearance and taste.


To Mitsubori, the beauty of the performance is as crucial to Kado as the artistry of the dessert itself. He is currently performing and teaching Kado overseas. As a master of Kado, Mitsubori does not merely make food, he instead wants the audience to appreciate the performance and his subtle movements. You can see more of Mitsubori's works on his Instagram page. https://www.instagram.com/junichi_mitsubori/

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Junichi Mitsubori | 6-Day Systematic Course in Nerikiri Wagashi - Elementary Level

Date: 15~20/11 (Fri to Wed)
Time: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Junichi Mitsubori
Medium of Instruction: Japanese (with Japanese-Mandarin translation)
Fee: HK$18,000

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Mitsubori sensei will teach you his unique Ichika Style techniques, a perfect blend of traditional Japanese tools and Mitsubori's original skills in this comprehensive Wagashi course. During this 6-day course, Mitsubori sensei will examine fundamental techniques and theories of practice, ensuring mastery of traditional tools and techniques. It will lay the groundwork for achieving more precise and perfect wagashi styling. A solid foundation is crucial for success in Nerikiri Wagashi's craftsmanship.

 

Day 1
💥 Learn about Wagashi and Nerikiri
💥 Introduction・Selection and cooking of beans・The importance of stuffing
💥 Making of Nerikiri dough・Making of traditional red bean filling・2 flavors of filling
💥 Sweetness adjustment: Correct sugar reduction/sugar substitution ratio
💥 Notes on the moisture content and sugar content of the Nerikiri dough, the best consumption periods and the storage method
💥 Simple method of making Nerikiri dough (suitable for experienced class preparation and home production)

 

Day 2
💥 2 basic dyeing methods
💥 Kneading and stuffing techniques
💥 Tools Introduction ① (Triangular Bar etc.)・2 basic stylings
💥 Color selection and colour-matching skills for Wagashi making
💥 Contingencies and solutions to various problems
💥 Precautions for packaging, storage and selling of Wagashi

 

Day 3
💥 Tools introduction ② (Horse Hair Sieve, etc.)
💥 Different traditional techniques corresponding to each tool
💥 Grate cutting chrysanthemum technique (Japanese Wagashi Skilled Craftsmen Examination Level Two Techniques)
💥 5 basic styling・Spoon shape technique
💥 Wagashi composition aesthetics guide

 

Day 4
💥 Tools introduction ③ ("Single Character" Spatula, Round Push Tool, etc.)
💥 Different traditional techniques corresponding to each tool
💥 5 basic stylings
💥 Tips for pressing flower centre

 

Day 5
💥 Tools introduction ④ (Silk Cloth, etc.)
💥 Different traditional techniques corresponding to each tool
💥 5 basic stylings
💥 Lights and shades aesthetics of Wagashi

 

Day 6
💥 Tools introduction ⑤ (Thousand Ribs Board, Curved Blade Spatula, etc.)
💥 Different traditional techniques corresponding to each tool
💥 5 basic stylings
💥 The depiction of three-dimensional lines
💥 Issuance of course completion certificate・Group photos

 

📌 The tuition fee includes a Certificate and all materials.
📌 The required tools will be provided to use during the class.
📌 The end time is just a rough estimate and will vary depending on actual progress.

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Junichi Mitsubori | 2-Day Systematic Course in Nerikiri Wagashi - Intermediate Level A

Date: 21~22/3 (Thu to Fri)
Time: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Junichi Mitsubori
Medium of Instruction: Japanese (with Japanese-Mandarin translation)
Fee: HK$6,900

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📌 This course is divided into Part A and Part B, each spanning two days. After completing Part A and Part B, students can take part in an assessment conducted by Junichi Mitsubori and obtain certification as a professional Nerikiri Wagashi instructor.
📌 The intermediate-level Nerikiri Wagashi course is taught cyclically. Suppose you cannot enrol in Parts A and B of the current course. In that case, you can participate in either Part A or Part B now and join the remaining part in the next session of the intermediate-level course conducted by Junichi Mitsubori to qualify for the assessment.
📌 Prior experience in making wagashi is required for enrolling in the intermediate-level course.
📌 The discounted price for enrolling in all Part A and B is HK$12,800.

Course Highlights:

🎯 Building upon the foundation of basic Nerikiri Wagashi skills, the Intermediate Level Course introduces essential techniques such as scissor and needle cutting, systematically improving your Nerikiri skills.
🎯 You will learn and become familiar with traditional Japanese Wagashi scissor-cutting techniques, Junichi Mitsubori's original needle-cutting technique, and derivative uses of other Wagashi tools.


Learning Outcomes:

Day 1
💥 The fundamentals of Intermediate Nerikiri scissors techniques

💥 How to hold scissors and get started correctly

💥 Silk Cloth impression techniques
💥 Wagashi shape concept

 

Day 2

💥 Introduction of Needle-Cutting tools
💥 Demonstrate the correct way to hold the needle chopsticks and basic techniques
💥 Present various flowers using needle-cutting techniques
💥 Six basic needle-cut stylings


📌 The tuition fee includes a Certificate and all materials.
📌 The required tools will be provided to use during the class.
📌 The end time is just a rough estimate and will vary depending on actual progress.

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Junichi Mitsubori | 2-Day Systematic Course in Nerikiri Wagashi - Intermediate Level B

Date: 23~24/3 (Sat to Sun)
Time: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Junichi Mitsubori
Medium of Instruction: Japanese (with Japanese-Mandarin translation)
Fee: HK$6,900

Enrol >>

📌 This course is divided into Part A and Part B, each spanning two days. After completing Part A and Part B, students can take part in an assessment conducted by Junichi Mitsubori and obtain certification as a professional Nerikiri Wagashi instructor.
📌 The intermediate-level Nerikiri Wagashi course is taught cyclically. Suppose you cannot enrol in Parts A and B of the current course. In that case, you can participate in either Part A or Part B now and join the remaining part in the next session of the intermediate-level course conducted by Junichi Mitsubori to qualify for the assessment.
📌 Prior experience in making wagashi is required for enrolling in the intermediate-level course.
📌 The discounted price for enrolling in all Part A and B is HK$12,800.

Course Highlights:
🎯 Building upon the foundation of basic Nerikiri Wagashi skills, the Intermediate Level Course introduces essential techniques such as scissor and needle cutting, systematically improving your Nerikiri skills.
🎯 You will learn and become familiar with traditional Japanese Wagashi scissor-cutting techniques, Junichi Mitsubori's original needle-cutting technique, and derivative uses of other Wagashi tools.

 

Learning Outcomes:
Day 1
💥 Introduction to Intermediate-Level Nerikiri techniques and knowledge 
💥 Advanced colouring techniques (colour presentation for different shapes, thread-like smudging techniques, intermediate colour blending techniques)
💥 Demonstrate the correct way to hold scissors and basic techniques
💥 Intermediate techniques with Silk Cloth impression
💥 Conceptualization of Wagashi shapes and creative tool improvisation

 

Day 2
💥 Introduction of needle-cutting tools
💥 Demonstrate the correct way to hold the needle chopsticks and basic techniques
💥 Presentation methods for various petal shapes through needle-cutting
💥 Six basic needle-cut stylings

 

📌 The tuition fee includes a Certificate and all materials.
📌 The required tools will be provided to use during the class.
📌 The end time is just a rough estimate and will vary depending on actual progress.

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