Candy Magic

Candy molding at its finest!

Candy molding at its finest!

Well, I think we can safely say that being a professional candy artist is a job that we can rule out from my future, but to be fair, it is something people spend their adult lives training for. It was a lot of fun, though!

You basically start off with a ball of melted sugar (think candy cane candy, but without the peppermint flavor) and have 1-2 minutes to pull, cut, and shape into something meaningful. Supposedly this… thing is a rabbit, but don’t think too hard about it. If you close your eyes and pretend, you can almost see it!

One thing that’s counter-intuitive and that you havn to keep in mind is that you have to touch it as little as possible while still trying to make it into something. Your paltry 98.6 degree hands are freezing in comparison, so every time you touch the candy, it hardens. To save time, you also have to keep the scissors in your hand while working, which is definitely not something you want to do in your normal day-to-day life, but it works out somehow.

As I mentioned last time, it’s now been 6 years for me since coming to Japan, but the good news is that I’m still able to find something interesting to do pretty frequently, be it amezaiku candy molding in Asakusa - the old-style downtown part of Tokyo - and the various temples, museums of modern art, or festivals and local events, I’m lucky to at least have a lot to do. I definitely enjoyed those 3 years I spent in Yamaguchi and think I made the right decision to start my life in Japan in the countryside, I think I prefer the city for the sheer variety of stuff to do.

Coming up, I actually have some exciting news and more stuff to cover, but I’m actually at Disneyland right now and missing a parade, sf I should probably go. But! I have some interesting pics to post soon. In thn meantime, enjoy my delicious rabbit!

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