Looking for a unique gift to give to friends and family? Visit Ameshin – a candy shop which sells astoundingly realistic hand-made candy animals. Japanese confectioner Shinri Tezuka, owner of the candy shop Ameshin, uses a 1300-year old traditional art called Amezaiku, a method using bare hands and scissors to shape and sculpt the starchy syrup before it hardens. It is then painted with edible dyes to give the candy sculpture more character.
We visited their sales shop on the 4th floor of Solamachi at Tokyo Sky Tree and were amazed at the array of lollies they had for sale; goldfish, frogs, cats, pandas, horses and eagles (2180 yen – 3480 yen) to beautifully detailed Spring-themed lollies (600 yen each). They also sell Tokyo Solamachi Limited Bonbon Candy with Sake, Japanese citron liqueur, Soda pop and Brown sugar syrup flavours in liquid form within the candy (650 yen). Gift sets available as well.
Shinri Tezuka also has on display one real glass bottle of coca cola and one he made from candy. Guess which one is real. Visit his Twitter page to view the candy coca cola bottle making process and to find out.
Shinri Tezuka holds demonstrations and classes at his head office in Akasaka. Adults 3000 yen; Kids (High School age and younger) 2500 yen. Duration 60-90 min. Classes are held in Japanese only and reservations are required.
Ameshin Shop Details
Address: 4F, TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo (東京都墨田区押上 1-1-2)
Business hours: 10:00~21:00 daily
Access: Oshiage Station (Sky Tree)
Ameshin, Oshiage – Astoundingly Realistic Hand-made Candy Animals
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