Ameshin, a group of candy craftsmen founded by Shinri Tezuka, is committed to upholding the tradition of Amezaiku, which is dying out due to a lack of successors, while at the same time bringing innovative never-seen-before creations into the world.
Amezaiku is one of the traditional Japanese arts crafts. The candy is softened by heating to around 90 degrees C (almost 200 degrees F), and is finely crafted with bare hands and traditional Japanese scissors. Amezaiku is created by cutting, pulling, and bending candy which is attached at the top of stick.
Amezaiku must be finished within just a few minutes after removing the candy from the pot, due to the characteristic of candy: hardened when cooled and softened when heated. Amezaiku is not crafted by chipping or shaving from a block, as in sculpture.
It is said Amezaiku originated in the 8th century. During the Edo period (17th to 19th centuries), craftsmen showed their making performance on streets to sell to the people, and Amezaiku was a form of entertainment enjoyed by common people.
The technique of Amezaiku has been passed down over generations. However, because Amezaiku is a traditional subculture, there is no literature with detailed descriptions of the processes and skills involved.
Amezaiku workshops and a limited selection of candies are sold here.
1F Hori bldg, 2-9-1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo 1110033
Hours: 10:30~18:00 Closed on Thursday.
Watch the creation of Amezaiku. Full selection of candies are sold here.
4F, TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045