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Item Exceptional Kigata or Kashigata With Top Piece
Hand Carved Japanese Yew Wood
Japanese Crane (tsuru) Shape Hagashi Sweets Mold
In Japan, Cranes represent marital love and fidelity because the birds pair for life, devout couples for all seasons. The crane is a mystical and holy creature which symbolizes good fortune, prosperity, happiness and longevity. Cranes are said to live a 1,000 years.
Early to mid 1900s
Length - 8.3 inches, 21 cm
Width - 4.0 inches, 10 cm
With Top On
Height - 1.4 inches, 3.5 cm
Weight - 14 oz, 395 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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