Japanese Chef Makes Colorful Wagashi Sweets That Look Just Like Little Birds

Bird Wagashi by Kurokazu

If you’ve ever been inside a Japanese sweet shop, you know they’re treasure troves full of creative confections. One popular style of candy is nerikiri wagashi (literally meaning “Japanese sweets”). Invented in Japan during the Edo period, the traditional treats are typically made using mochi (pounded rice), anko (azuki sweet red bean paste), and/or fruit. The soft ingredients allow chefs to shape wagashi into all sorts of exciting designs, but there’s one confection king in particular who’s taking the art of wagashi to a new level of creativity.

Kurokazu—who has a sweet shop called Wagashidokoro Kisshōan in Shōnan, Kanagawa Prefecture—makes adorable, nature-inspired wagashi. Some of his most recent desserts take the form of plump little birds that have been beautifully decorated in vibrant colors. Kurokazu’s flock includes cute, yellow cockatiels made with koshian (smooth red bean paste) on the inside. The creative baker also makes blue and green budgerigars. The blue birds have koshian on the inside, and the green birds have yuzu-an (bean paste with yuzu flavor).

When he’s not making birds, Kurokazu is crafting all sorts of wagashi characters. He also makes puffer fish goodies in a variety of flavors, as well as flower-inspired snacks that look almost too pretty to eat!

Scroll down to check out Kurokazu’s wagashi and find more of his creations on Instagram and Twitter.

Japanese chef Kurokazu makes nerikiri wagashi sweets that look just like cute, little birds.

Bird Wagashi by Kurokazu

Bird Wagashi by Kurokazu

He also makes these pufferfish-inspired snacks in a variety of fun flavors.

Blow Fish Wagashi by Kurokazu

Blow Fish Wagashi by Kurokazu

This confectionery chef shows no end to his creativity!

Rabbit Wagashi by Kurokazu

Pumpkin Wagashi by Kurokazu

Wagashi by Kurokazu

Wagashi by Kurokazu

Kurokazu: Instagram | Twitter
h/t: [Grapee]

All images via Kurokazu.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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