Utilizing an architectural approach to design a
photobook that portrays the seasons depicted in the
world of wagashi
“Ikkoan” was made to reveal to the world the beauty of
wagashi, expressing each season’s beauty by
confections and the sensitivity of the artisan who
makes it. This book is a collection of an extraordinary
wagashi artisan, Chikara Mizukami(Ikkoan is name of
his shop)’s work, covering 40 years of his career.
Wagashi is an essential element in Japanese tea
Small enough to fit in a palm, each of these small
confections carry seasonal motifs and are served with
When you peruse the pages, 72 wagashi appears one
after another, describing the 72 Japanese pentads.
In this certain solar term descended from ancient
times in Japan, season changes once in five days and
rotate all 72 seasons.