Sho to Wagashi: COSMOS x Morimoto Napa
COSMOS – FIVE ELEMENTS –
Marriage of Japanese Cuisine, Calligraphy and Japanese Confectionery Demonstration & Tasting
For the second series of Sho to Wagashi: COSMOS, we are collaborating with Morimoto Napa, an inventive, high-end Japanese restaurant owned by Chef Masaharu Morimoto. He is known to millions as star Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients, bringing intense excitement, exquisite technique, and perfectly balanced flavors to thousands of diners throughout the world.
Inspired by Yin-Yang and Five Elements: 木火土金水 (Mok-Ka-Doe-Gon-Sui：Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water), Japanese calligraphy artist Aoi Yamaguchi and Tokyo-based Japanese traditional confectionery wagashi chef Shiho Sakamoto collaborate with Morimoto Napa to create unique visual and edible art.
For the first part of the evening, guests will be served five courses of savory appetizers selected by the chef. For the second half of the evening, Yamaguchi and Sakamoto will treat you to five courses – one inspired by each element of the five elements – of wagashidelicately served on contemporary Japanese calligraphy.
Sakamoto will demonstrate how wagashi is created and as you enjoy wagashi, served with flavorful green tea, you will learn the artists’ poetic process of transforming inspiration into art. With Japanese traditional aesthetics and wabi-sabi culture, the artists realize their vision through a multi-sensory experience inviting you to celebrate nature’s blessings as represented by the Five Elements; in essence, the entire cosmos.
Aoi Yamaguchi, Japanese Calligraphy “Sho (書)” Artist
Shiho Sakamoto, Japanese Traditional Confectionery “Wagashi (和菓子)” Artist
Sunday August 14, 2016 6pm-9pm
3 hours / Limited to 15 guests
5 course custom menu presented by Morimoto Napa
5 course Japanese calligraphy & wagashi presented by Aoi Yamaguchi & Shiho Sakamoto
You can take each small limited edition hand-printed calligraphy artworks home with you as a unique keepsake from the event.
Japanese confectioner, wagashi, Sakamoto creates and supervises made-to-order Japanese confectionery for special tea ceremonies such as tie-up with the movie “Ask This of Rikyu (Rikyu ni Tazuneyo)” in 2013, a special tea ceremony for the opening COREDO Muromachi department store in Tokyo in 2014, and the tea ceremony for Japanese popular manga “Hyouge Mono” in 2014. She actively holds workshops in Japan and abroad. She joined “World Tea Forum” in Korea as a representative of Japanese confectionery chef in 2015, and also gave a demonstration how to make Japanese wagashi at Salone del Mobile, Milano in 2016. Sakamoto engages in creating wagashi for the tea ceremony hosted by Mrs. Akie Abe, the wife of the current Prime Minister of Japan.