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Junichi Mitsubori 三堀純一 in Toronto

Wagashi Master Junichi Mitsubori 三堀純一 in Toronto

Toronto will be the first city in North America to have the privilege of inviting Mr. Mitsubori.

Introduction
Junichi Mitsubori belongs to the third generation of wagashi artisans.  He was also the president of Japanese Sweets Association Board 日本スィーツ協会.

  • 1974 August 17, Mr. Mitsubori was born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokosuka.
     
  • 1995 Mr. Mitsubori graduated from Seika Sweets College 東京製菓学校 in Tokyo majoring in wagashi art.
     
  • 2010 Mr. Mitsubori became the champion of the Confectionery Craftsman Championship.  It was broadcasted on TV and his victory was covered by major Japanese media.
     
  • 2015 Focusing on "Best Brick Cutting Work", Mr. Mitsubori began a campaign called “Wagashi of the Day”, introducing photographs of his works every day on Instagram since then, centering on the most special wagashi pieces.

He is the founder of the idea "Kado" -- the Way of Confectionary -- as its own style.  Currently he teaches on how to make Japanese sweets overseas, wagashi work in the scope of confectionary, and guidance on wagashi ideals.  All the works by Mr. Mitsubori are not for sale, such as in "Chado" -- the Way of Tea Ceremony.

Follow his work on:
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Instagram

Gusta Cooking Studio has the honour of inviting Mr. Mitsubori to Toronto
In the trendsetting So Good Magazine, Mr. Mitsubori’s work was covered in the January 2017 issue. This signifies the introduction of traditional Japanese confectionery art to the western world of sweets.  Wagashi is an upcoming trend that will raise attention in the professional chef industry.

Mr. Mitsubori’s footprint is all over the world.  He has been teaching and performing in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Bangkok, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City etc. in the past years.  He was recently in Paris for Europain 2018 and Salon du Chocolat 2017.  Toronto will be the first city in North America to have the privilege of inviting Mr. Mitsubori.

Wagashi is the generic term for Japanese-style confections, which include not just sweets, but also savory snack foods like the soy-sauce-flavored arare.  Japan has many varieties of wagashi -- some of them are eaten seasonally, or on special occasions, and all the regions of Japan have specialty wagashi confections.

Wagashi is highly artistic, with designs which express the beauty of nature and the seasons, with most of which employ floral motifs.  Some of the other seasonal motifs are sansai (edible wild plants) and the uguisu bird (Japanese bush warbler) for spring, refreshing water and fish for summer, fall leaves and the moon for fall, and snow and frost for winter.  Many wagashi sweets have poetic names, as well as exaggerated, simplified or stylized designs.  For that reason, they’re also delightful to the eye.

 
 
 

Mr. Mitsubori will be teaching four masterclasses at Gusta Cooking Studio:

Masterclass - Two Day Basic Class
April 14 & 15 (Saturday & Sunday)

CAD $1295 +HST*

In this two day class suitable for beginners, you will learn:

  • making nerikiri dough using Mitsubori's proprietary recipe
  • cooking of various bean pastes from scratch
  • foundation of aduki bean filling production
  • colour adjustments and gradation, techniques in blending colours
  • nerikiri wrapping techniques
  • basic column and sphere shaping and forming techniques
  • making 9 designs as shown

Registration is now open.
Full payment required to reserve a spot.
(no longer available) Early bird discount* CAD $100 for first 6 students.


Masterclass - Two Day Intermediate Class
April 17 & 18 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
CAD $1195 +HST*

In this two day class suitable for beginners, you will learn:

  • introduction to various traditional and innovative wagashi tools
  • characteristics of tools in adding effects, contours, textures, etc
  • advanced shaping and colouring techniques
  • combining various tools and techniques in expressing wagashi aesthetics
  • special recipes beyond nerikiri to add various effects
  • making 12 designs, including a Canada Special Edition plus as shown

Registration is now open.
Full payment required to reserve a spot.
(no longer available) Early bird discount* CAD $100 for first 6 students.


Masterclass - One Day Scissors-work Advanced Class
April 19 (Thursday)
CAD $895 +HST*

In this one day class, you will learn:

  • wrapping and shaping of super size nerikiri
  • colour control in super size nerikiri
  • using hand scissors at achieve effects as shown
  • making 4 designs similar to shown; colours may vary

Registration is now open.
Full payment required to reserve a spot.
(no longer available) Early bird discount* CAD $100 for first 6 students.


Masterclass - One Day Needle-work Advanced Class
April 20 (Friday)
CAD $895 +HST*

In this one day class, you will learn:

  • wrapping and shaping of super size nerikiri
  • colour control in super size nerikiri
  • using Mitsubori's proprietary needles at achieve effects as shown
  • making 4 proprietary designs similar to shown; colours may vary

Registration is now open.
Full payment required to reserve a spot.
(no longer available) Early bird discount* CAD $100 for first 6 students.

There is no prerequisite for Intermediate and Advanced classes


Masterclass - 6 Day Wagashi Course
CAD $3880 +HST*

Students who register for all four classes above will receive a set of Mitsubori's specialty needles handmade by his designated Japanese craftsman (Value of $195).


 

This is a rare and valuable learning opportunity to meet and learn from Junichi Mitsubori.  You are learning from the best wagashi artist in the world.

There is no prerequisite for Intermediate and Advanced classes; but we do suggest taking the Basic class first unless you have previous exposure to wagashi.

Classes will be held full day from 9:30AM to 5:00PM

Lunch, snacks, and a tea&coffee station will be provided.


Other Events

Book Signing and Community Demo at Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Date: April 13, Friday at 7:00PM

Venue: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Ct, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3C 1Z5

Ticket: $35 regular, $30 for JCCC member.  Limited souvenirs for attendees. 
Please call 416-441-2345 for tickets

Junichi Mitsubori at JCCC in Toronto
 

Kado - New Art of Wagashi Live Demonstration

Date: April 16, Monday at 2:00PM

Venue: Shoushin, 3328 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4N 2M4

Ticket: $60 (include service charge and applicable taxes)

New art of wagashi live demonstration at Shoushin
 

Dinner with the Master

Date: April 16, Monday 6:30PM Reception, 7:00PM Dinner

Venue: Shoushin, 3328 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4N 2M4

Ticket: $460 (include service charge, gratuity and applicable taxes), LIMITED 13 SEATS

Dinner with Junichi Mitsubori at Shoushin
 

Special Demo at Humber College

Date: April 21, Saturday at 11:00AM

Venue: Humber North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M9W 5L7

Ticket: $30+HST public entry.  Free for Humber students and staff.

Junichi Mitsubori at Humber College in Toronto
 
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Travel Information

Class Venue:
Gusta Cooking Studio is located in Markham.  Free parking available.  Details here.

Free Shuttle Service:
We offer free shuttle for students enrolled in Mr. Mitsubori's class.
Pick up point is at Don Mills TTC Station (Subway/Bus station in Toronto)
Seats are very limited, so please reserve in advance.
Subject to change.

Recommended Accommodations:


Payment & Cancellation Policy

*Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) in Ontario, Canada is 13%.

*The first 6 students in each class who register and confirm with payment of 30% deposit will receive a CAD $100 early bird discount; discount not applicable to those who take the 6 day course.

*Deposit is non-refundable and cannot be transferred as credit towards classes or products at Gusta Cooking Studio.  Only in the event of a class cancellation, your deposit will be fully refunded.

In the event of a dispute, the decision of Gusta Cooking Studio (Gusta Haus of Sugar Art Inc.) shall be final and binding.