Report: “Wagashi” Lecture and Demonstration (February 23, 2018 )

Update: February 27, 2018

On February 23rd, a “Wagashi” (Japanese traditional confectionery) lecture and demonstration by Mr. Takanori Murata and Mr. Tomohiko Murakami were held at the Cultural Centre of the Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands.
Mr. Murata, who is based in Paris and works to promote “Wagashi” around the world, introduced us to the history, different types and the recipe of “Wagashi”. In addition, he showed us wonderful craftsmanship techniques.
Mr. Murakami, who is a carpenter and craftsman who makes goods by re-using wood materials, introduced tools for presenting and eating “Wagashi”. He also demonstrated how to make these tools, the “Oshiki” (tray) and the “Kuromoji” (pick), from waste wood.
We would like to thank everyone for their interest and participation in this event!





Update: February 13, 2018

  Due to overwhelming interest, our “Wagashi” Lecture and Demonstration on February 23, 2018 is now fully booked. As such, we unfortunately cannot accept any further registrations.
We hope we may welcome many participants to one of our future events as well!


February 7, 2018

On February 23 (Friday), a lecture and demonstration of “Wagashi” will take place at the Cultural Centre of the Embassy of Japan! Please come and join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about Japanese traditional sweets. We look forward to seeing you there!


Lecturer: Mr. Takanori Murata, Japanese pastry chef
Mr. Murata, born in Aichi in Japan, was born and raised in the home of the long-established Japanese confectionery. From an early age on, he has been fascinated by making Japanese pastries. He graduated from the Ecole de Patisserie de Tokio and was trained in making traditional Japanese pastries around Aichi and Kyoto before he moved to France in 2005. In Paris, he worked at ‘AIDA’, the first Japanese restaurant with a Michelin star, and the Japanese tearoom ‘Walaku’ as a head pastry chef. In due time, he established his own Japanese pastry brand and now promotes Japanese pastries in France and throughout Europe.
Mr. Tomohiko Murakami, Carpenter | Director of Gen&Co
Mr. Murakami was born in Hokkaido, Japan. He studied architectural design, as well as the foundations of art and design at Sapporo School of the Arts in Sapporo (Hokkaido). He has been working as a carpenter in the traditional way for over ten years and has travelled around Japan for building and/or renovation projects of temples and shrines. In 2008, he started creating original products out of the wood waste from building projects, and in 2012 he founded ’Gen&Co’ in Eniwa, Hokkaido. He now works as a wood craftsman and carpenter, aiming to enrich lifestyles by wooden works and to connect the local community through crafting and building workshops.
Lecture details
Date: February 23, 2018 (Friday)
Time: 18:30-20:00hrs (doors open at 18:10hrs)
Costs: Free of charge
Capacity: approximately 30 people
Language: Japanese with English interpretation
Location: Cultural and Information Centre, Embassy of Japan (Tobias Asserlaan 5, 2517 KC The Hague)

Registration: required.
Please register via email ( before Monday, February 19, 2018 and provide us with the following information:
(1) Full name, (2) Date of birth, (3) Nationality, (4) Gender and (5) Contact details (email address, telephone number)
*You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon your registration. In case you do not receive one within three working days, please contact Information and Culture Section by telephone (070-346-9544).
* Please bring photo ID (passport, ID card etc.) for security reasons
* Please follow the instructions of the instructors and embassy staff members 
* This event consists of a lecture about “Wagashi”, a demonstration of how the traditional tableware of “Wagashi” is made, as well as a workshop. The number of participants for the workshop is unfortunately limited and a lottery will determine who will participate.