Wagashi That Makes You Smile
Toraya Tokyo Midtown Gallery
2 December 2015 – 21 March 2016
Toraya is a Japanese confectionery company with almost five centuries’ tradition. Toraya’s boutique at Tokyo Midtown sells a choice of wagashi (Japanese traditional confectionery) and serves tea with sweet delights. The boutique also proposes a lifestyle with wagashi that matches our modern needs, while shedding light on attractive aspects of traditional Japanese culture at its gallery.
This exhibition explores the theme of “warau” (a Japanese verb meaning smile, grin and laugh) through seven stories collected from classical rakugo (comedic storytelling) repertoire in which wagashi plays a prominent role. Also displayed are twenty-five pretty wagashi from different parts of Japan that will certainly make you smile! There will be a rakugo performance by Dansho Tachikawa, who curated the wagashi-related rakugo stories for the exhibition. Remember also to check Japanese sweets specially prepared for the occasion to make you smile!
Place name Toraya Tokyo Midtown Gallery (in Japanese) とらや 東京ミッドタウン店内 ギャラリー Website go to website Toraya (in Japanese) Phone 03-5413-3541 Dates 2 December 2015 – 21 March 2016 Opening hours 11 am – 9 pm (same as the Boutique) *11-25 December: 11 am – 10 pm;
31 December: 11 am – 7 pm;
1 January: closed;
2-3 January: 11 am – 8 pm
On sale ・Sachi-emi: 2 December 2015 – 21 March 2016 (except for 29 December-15 January, 1-3 March)
・Egao-man: 29 December 2015 – 15 January 2016
Address 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
1st Basement, Galleria, Tokyo Midtown
- Direct connection from Roppongi (Toei Oedo Line: Exit 8)]
- Direct connection from Roppongi Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) via underground passage
- About 3 min walk from Nogizaka Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line: Exit 3)
* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.