The Future of Wagashi: Will People in the US Accept Wagashi?
Ayako Mizumura’s presentation focuses on various kinds of wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) and discusses their cultural meanings and significance. Based on her professional experience as a baker, Ayako shares information on the future prospects of wagashi in the US and on challenges that wagashi faces. Is it possible for wagashi to find the same popularity as sushi and other Japanese cuisine? What could make wagashi more appealing to westerners? Ayako will address these and other questions about wagashi.
Presenter's Bio: Ayako Mizumura is Assistant Director of the Center for East Asian Studies and administrator of the new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas. She is also owner and proprietor of Bimi Bakery, specializing in Japanese sweets. She practices the Japanese tea ceremony in Lawrence with Dale Slusser, a master of the urasenke tea ceremony school. This activity influences Ayako’s artistic product presentation, emphasizing “beauty in simplicity.”
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