Amezaiku Yoshihara is a pleasant uphill walk from the Sendagi Station. Entering their workshop and store feels so much like exploring a candy wonderland your dentist would most probably hate, but would make your sweet tooth really ecstatic.
An Amezaiku artist is not your normal candy man. He doesn’t use molds for his creations. Instead, he hand-shapes piping hot marzipan into childhood pets, and storybook characters. Recently, a new generation of artisans has been breathing new life into the almost dying craft. Injecting an ounce of showmanship into the process, Amezaiku artists in Tokyo have attracted both a local and an international audience. Crowds line up to watch sculptures quickly emerge from a dollop of almond paste stuck at the end of a bamboo stick.
Amezaiku Yoshihara sets itself apart with adorable Ame-pyon, the shop’s original character creation. However, the shop’s creations are well loved, not only for their whimsical form, but also for their mild vanilla sweetness that doesn’t overpower the taste buds. “Rain man” looks so darling, though; you’d put off taking a lick, until time’s almost up.
Amezaiku Yoshihara (あめ細工 吉原)
Sendagi, 1 Chome−23−5, 巴ビル 1F
Japan, Tokyo, Bunkyo