Tags for: Summer Japanese Sweets | Dulces Japoneses de Verano
  • Workshop

with | con Toshiko Steffes Sugii

Image of two Japanese sweets shaped like a watermelon and sunflower next to a cup of green tea.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Summer Japanese Sweets | Dulces Japoneses de Verano

Saturday, June 15, 2024, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Community Arts Center
Centro de Artes Comunitarias
Free. All ages. Reservations required by emailing commartsinfo@clevelandart.org. Gratis. Todas edades. Se requieren reservaciones por correo electrónico commartsinfo@clevelandart.org.

About The Event

Wagashi are traditional Japanese sweets that embody centuries of craftsmanship and symbolize culture and values. Each wagashi reflects the changing seasons and celebrates nature’s beauty. In this workshop, Toshiko Steffes Sugii shares cultural heritage in a fun and engaging way. Through simple techniques and seasonal themes, participants learn about Japan’s rich traditions while making and tasting wagashi together, paired with Japanese tea. Made from bean paste, these snacks are vegan as well as dairy, nut, and gluten free. 
Through the artistry of wagashi, Steffes Sugii aims to capture its essence and infuse it with a spiritual connection to nature. By creating and enjoying wagashi with others, she hopes to deepen the understanding and appreciation for Japanese culture, the seasons, and nature’s beauty. Steffes Sugii creates demonstrations, exhibitions, and workshops and has published a recipe book in the United States and Japan. 

Free. All ages. All experience levels. Supplies included. Reservations required by emailing commartsinfo@clevelandart.org


Los wagashi son dulces tradicionales japoneses que encarnan siglos de artesanía y simbolizan la cultura y los valores. Cada wagashi refleja el cambio de las estaciones y celebra la belleza de la naturaleza. En este taller, Toshiko Steffes Sugii comparte el patrimonio cultural de una manera divertida y atractiva. A través de técnicas sencillas y temas estacionales, los participantes aprenderen sobre las ricas tradiciones de Japón mientras preparan y degustan wagashi juntos, combinados con té japonés. Hechos de pasta de frijoles, estos bocadillos son veganos, y sin lácteos, nueces y gluten.    

A través del arte del wagashi, Steffes Sugii tiene como objetivo capturar su esencia e infundirle una conexión espiritual con la naturaleza. Al crear y disfrutar del wagashi con otros, espera profundizar la comprensión y el aprecio por la cultura japonesa, las estaciones, y la belleza de la naturaleza. Steffes Sugii crea demostraciones, exposiciones, y talleres y ha publicado un libro de recetas en Estados Unidos y Japón. 

Gratis. Todas edades. Todos los niveles de experiencia. Suministros incluidos. Se requieren reservaciones por correo electrónico commartsinfo@clevelandart.org

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