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Item Exceptional Kigata or Kashigata With Top Piece
Hand Carved Japanese Yew Wood
Japanese Mythical Turtle (minogame) Shape Hagashi Sweets Mold
In Japan, legend holds that turtle live 10,000 years and as a symbol for long life.
The mythological giant turtle known as the minogame, or “straw raincoat-turtle” called such because of its trailing tail resembling a farmer's straw coat. The turtle is so old that it has a backwash of seaweed attached to its back.
Early to mid 1900s
Length - 7.0 inches, 18 cm
Width - 4.0 inches, 10 cm
With Top On
Height - 1.4 inches, 3.5 cm
Weight - 11 oz, 320 g
Very Good Condition
Comment Higashi, one of several types of Japanese wagasi confectioneries, are made from glutinous rice flour, sugar and starch mixed together then pressed into these wooden kigata molds to form traditional dry sweets.

As is the case with many traditions in Japan, wagasi (sweets) are not as simple as they seem to the casual eye. 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.

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