These Intricate Icing Cookies Can Spell Out Anything in Kanji
You might remember the Reiwa icing cookies from last year.
Remember the Reiwa icing cookies that got a lot of attention online last year? The tweet was retweeted by more than 80,000 people with comments such as “Too cute to eat!” and “Pure artisanship!”
Asami Kamioka (@asami_kamioka)—the one responsible for the Twitter famous cookies— is a sweets picture book author and an instructor at a professional school. She develops recipes for companies, makes videos, and does sweets advertisement shooting. Her works besides Reiwa Cookie are astonishing, too. Check out Kamioka’s Kanji Cookies by scrolling down below.
Reiwa Cookie gained a lot of attention.
Hoshizora (Starry Sky) cookies before being iced.
Too pretty to eat
Kamioka got the idea of making kanji cookies when the new name of the era was announced. She wanted to make something related to Reiwa. Her cookies have sophisticated beautiful colors and Japanese style designs that are rare for icing cookies. For example, Kinga Shinnenn (Happy New Year) had colorful icing and a design like a kimono, and Kouyou (Autumn Leaves) had icing of autumn leaves and ripples.
Kinga Shinnenn is art.
Kouyou has autumn colors.
Hina Matsuri (Girls’ Festival) has detailed designs of items related to the festival like the peach blossom. In addition to the icing part, don’t miss that 3 different colors of icebox cookies are used for some parts of the letters. Looking at the base of the cookie before the icing, you’ll notice that the baked cookies themselves already have a design.
The base of Kori (Ice) is a gradation color of white to blue and has designs of cherries and soda bubbles. It’s a refreshing piece that makes you think of shaved ice in summer.
Hina Matsuri has a design with a collaboration of icing and ice box.
Hina Matsuri before the icing.
The kanji are made perfectly and is just as accurate as written kanji.
Cool-looking Kori (Ice)
Since the Reiwa cookie, Kamioka’s kanji cookies have evolved even more. When asked about what she is careful about when making them she says, “I try to think of the color and design according to the meaning of the kanji. I also try to leave space in the design so that it doesn’t look too much.” Her designs match each kanji and attract people by letting them imagine the scenery.
It’s also amazing how the kanji look as if they were written with a calligraphy brush. She writes down the kanji on a clear folder and cuts it out to use it as a cookie cutter for the base cookie.
Kanreki (Celebration of 60th birthday) is gorgeous and festive.
So many kanji it looks like you can make a kanji encyclopedia!
Advice for making sweets
Many of you may have started making sweets during the stay home period, so we asked Kamioka any advice for those who would like to try making sweets and icing cookies at home.
“I recommend using a kit at first if it’s available. If you are making icing cookies, make sure the icing isn’t too soft and be careful with how moist it is. You can make icing cream with powder sugar, egg whites, and water, but the beautiful decoration of flowers and trees and the gradation color of the base cookies of Kamioka’s work may be due to the difference in amount of moisture of the icing. If looking at her works made you want to try icing, take these into account.”
Cookies made under the theme of summer.
Kamioka posts videos icing kanji cookies and other works on her social media accounts. Make sure to check those out, too!
The bamboo grass of Tanabata (Star Festival) has beautiful colors.
Renai (Romance) which you might want for Valentine’s Day.
This kanji is Isoginchaku (sea anemone).
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokai Walker™ (4 July 2020)