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Kyoto Autumn Leaves and Ginkgo Leaf Shaped Wagashi

Kyoto Autumn Leaves and Ginkgo Leaf Shaped Wagashi

Kyoto Autumn Leaves and Ginkgo Leaf Shaped Namagashi  いちょう 生菓子
Kyoto Autumn Leaves and Ginkgo Leaf Shaped Namagashi いちょう生菓子
I collected some fallen ginkgo leaves on the grounds of a shrine and a church in northern Kyoto for this article, while shooting these photos I was particularly struck at how similar the namagashi really resembled the actual leaves, both in form and in color.

Wagashi: Autumn Theme Namagashi

Wagashi: Autumn Theme Namagashi

Wagashi: Autumn Theme Namagashi
Wagashi: Autumn Theme Namagashi
Bells, flowers and leaves. While expressed in subtle terms, the simple beauty, the inventiveness in theme, the attention to season and the variety of the color palette of namagashi never ceases to amaze.

Wagashi: Kyoto Daimonji Namagashi

Wagashi: Kyoto Daimonji Namagashi

Kyoto Daimonji Namagashi 大文字 生菓子
Kyoto Daimonji Namagashi 大文字 生菓子
More Daimonji! The biggest of the big characters of the late-summer mountainside bonfires is ‘dai’, literally ‘great’ or ‘big’. Here it is on a sweet, soft and chewy tea ceremony confection.

Wagashi: Suetomi Kyoto Tea Ceremony Namagashi

Wagashi: Suetomi Kyoto Tea Ceremony Namagashi

Wagashi: Suetomi Kyoto Tea Ceremony Namagashi
Wagashi: Suetomi Kyoto Tea Ceremony Namagashi
The finest wagashi for the tea ceremony are sweets for the mind, the motifs come from classical poetry and painting.

Wagashi: Early Summer Loquat (Biwa) Namagashi

Wagashi: Early Summer Loquat (Biwa) Namagashi

Wagashi: Early Summer Biwa (Loquat) Namagashi 枇杷 (びわ) 生菓子
Wagashi: Early Summer Loquat (Biwa) Namagashi 枇杷(びわ)生菓子
As early summer becomes midsummer, the days muggy and the nights no longer cool, the loquat, or biwa in Japanese, is a common sight in Kyoto; both in discount supermarkets and fine fruit boutiques and on the streets and sidewalks, fallen from large leafed trees overhanging a walled garden…

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