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The tiny bean pastries with evocative names like Chrysanthemum on Mountain Path'' and Celebration of Autumn Leaves'' are worth getting to know because they're almost fat free, and they're as pretty as petits fours.
Each is a miniature work of art that alludes to poetry, literature, and seasonal moods and imagery. All are made to accompany different types of green tea.
One confection looks like a glass clear pond with a goldfish swimming in the shade of an overhanging leaf. Others take the form of buds, leaves or seasonal scenes. Then there is the Primobolan Hgh Cycle more mundane such as golf balls in pink and white, popular both in Japan and in the United States.
We're not used to thinking about poetry when we eat, but I think there may be more globalization now. Americans are getting more sophisticated about food,'' Marybeth Welch says.
Welch teaches Japanese tea ceremony at the Urasenke Chanoyu Center in Manhattan and has learned to make ornate wagashi.
They're delicious,'' she says, . . . and exciting because of how tangled up they are with other aspects of Japanese culture. Not for everyone
But they're not for everyone. Some Americans just can't handle the idea of a fat free dessert made of beans.''
For now, the pastries are sold in America in a handful of cities and by mail. Prices generally are comparable to those for the finest chocolates. Lili Rosen, a retiree, was drawn into one midtown shop, Kamakura Minamoto Kitchoan, by the elegant window display and kimono clad store clerks.
Biting into her first wagashi, made of brownish purple bean paste, she shook her head and grimaced.
It's too something. I just don't like it,'' she said, quickly adding that a small yellow pastry made of chestnut paste and wrapped in colorful paper was something she might try again.
Gabrielle Middaugh, 28, a student visiting the shop, was more enthusiastic. It's the whole experience as much as the Comprar Levitra food itself,'' she said. The bean paste is great. But it's also about the presentation, the wrapping, the design, the whole culture.'' Growing market
The Western market is clearly growing.
Toraya, confectioners who claim to have made sweets for Japanese royalty since the eighth century, opened a tea room on the Upper East Side five years ago after their Paris tea room proved popular.
At first the Parisians thought it was soap, Injection Steroids Taking but after a few years it really caught on,'' Kazuhiko Momoi, manager of Toraya in New York, says.
The New York store opened after Naoko Kawano, whose brother, Mitsuhiro Kurokawa, heads the company, moved to the city with her husband, a Japanese trade official.
When I introduced wagashi to my friends here they loved it. They all suggested we open a Toraya in this country. So we did,'' she said.
Kawano was attending a wagashi demonstration at the Japan Society, where dozens of guests watched the Japanese chefs at work and tasted tiny squares of azuki bean paste.
Toraya remains the only authentic Japanese pastry shop to produce wagashi in the United States. Other shops are either American owned or import the pastries from Japan. The company says both shops also do a brisk mail order business.
People really love the fact that there is no butter or oil in them and that they are all natural,'' Momoi says.
Unlike cakes and chocolates, an average serving of wagashi contains no fat and about 150 calories. Linked with the seasons
Although the tiny pastries originated as an accompaniment for formal tea ceremonies, the bulk of the sales of wagashi today are not tea related at all,'' Welch says. They're like fine wine or flowers bought as gifts for guests or hosts, or on special occasions.'' Wagashi is inextricably linked with the seasons.
In Japanese tradition, it is thought that the period between seasons is a time when one is most susceptible to sadness and to evil spirits,'' according to Kumakura Isao, a professor of the history of Japanese culture at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan. Since sugar was historically considered medicinal and a harbinger of good luck, wagashi evolved as a source of sweetening the transition between seasons.''
So every month and season brings different wagashi.
One cold autumn morning, Toraya kitchen chief Motohiro Inaba was sculpting pumpkin and chestnut dough into jack o' lanterns and a design called flecks of "Buy Cheap Jintropin Online" snow on a deer's back.''
Winter sweets include holiday wreaths and a rice white bird softly shaped like a quail'' that seems to curl into its wings for warmth.