Traditional Japanese sweets are very different from Western sweets and are often made using beans, rice flour and sugar. This means most of them are vegan and gluten-free, contain no fat, oil or eggs and they are overall considered relatively healthy.
Sakura Junction was created by Mutsumi Niwa as a place to share her passion for Japanese sweets and home cooking. Mutsumi, who has been based in London for many years, specialises in creating wagashi and other recipes using ingredients that can easily be found locally, avoiding the need for fancy, expensive ingredients.
Before the pandemic, Sakura Junction would often be found selling sweets at local markets in London and hosting monthly wagashi making workshops. The workshops are currently on hold but you can be kept up-to-date on future workshops and events by following Sakura Junction on social media or by signing up to the mailing list.
You can also purchase Sakura Junction’s seasonal sweets at Havan Store (262 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6ND)
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In this demo, Mutsumi from Sakura Junction demonstrates how to make a bell flower:
And here, she shows us how to make a rose.