Asakusa AmeshinAsakusa Amezaiku Amezaiku, a store specializing in traditional candy work. The Hanakawado store near Sensoji Temple and the Tokyo Sky Tree Town Solamachi store are open (at the time of writing the article).
In the first place, Amezaiku is a traditional Japanese culture in which heated and softened candy is shaped with bare hands and grip scissors. It is said that the round candy attached to the tip of the stick is cut and stretched with scissors to make the candy without wasting it.
At the shop, various candy crafts such as cute cats, pandas, goldfish, octopuses, and frogs are exhibited and sold. All of them are so real that they seem to start moving, and it feels like you're in a museum rather than a shop.
This time, I bought "Uchiwa candy," which is a popular souvenir. A traditional Japanese pattern is applied to the candy with the motif of "Uchiwa", which is indispensable for daily life in Edo. The price is 630 yen each (tax included).
Uchiwa candy calico cat"Calico cat" has an irresistible expression of a lovely cat! The one drawn in the background is a big bell. Instead of painting it white, the color that makes use of the transparency of the candy is wonderful.
Uchiwa candy chintz"Chintz" is a dish with a beautiful contrast between the clear blue of water and the red of goldfish. Looking at it makes me feel strangely graceful.
Uchiwa candy Sakura FubukiThe spring-only "Sakura Fubuki" is a Japanese pattern that expresses "grace, the essence of things." Beautiful cherry blossoms are delicately drawn not only when they are in full bloom but also when they are scattered.
All flavors are refreshing and quite apple-flavored. It will last for about half a year, so I want to enjoy it with my own eyes before tasting it.
The Amezaiku Hanakawado store also offers a candy crafting experience class (reservation required). Why don't you make a schedule when you go sightseeing in Asakusa?