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Item
Kigata or Kashigata
Used Hand Carved Cherry Wood Hagashi Sweets Mold
Japanese Sea Bream (Tai) Shape
Age
Early to Mid 1900s
Size
Length - 7.28 inches, 18.5 cm
Width - 5.12 inches, 13 cm
Thickness - 1.2 inches, 3 cm
Weight - 1.0 lb, 467 g
Condition
Very Good Condition
Comments Higashi, one of several types of Japanese wagasi confectioneries which are made from glutinous rice flour, sugar and starch mixed together then pressed into these wooden kigata molds to form traditional dry sweets. Here's is a wonderful explanation detailing the complexity of these delicious treats.

Higashi confections come in many shapes, some of which are pictured below. By tradition they are made in designs that celebrate each of the 4 seasons.

Higashi are an important element of the Japanese tea ceremony, meant to be eaten to help offset the bitterness of maccha tea. In 18th-century Japan, these small sugar treats were a luxury only enjoyed by the imperial family and the upper classes. Now, anyone can take pleasure in eating these delightful delicacies.