Bethany College Invites Public to Japanese Sweet Making Workshop

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College is inviting the public to a hands-on workshop hosted by Masahiro Koie, a talented Japanese traditional sweet maker, on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. The free presentation will be held on Bethany’s campus, at Maxwell’s in Phillips Hall. Advanced reservations are required.

Artisan Koie is a chief sweet maker and an owner of Risendo (Tokoname-city, Aichi, Japan), which opened in 1902. Master Koie’s grandfather is a founder of Risendo. Koie graduated with a high honor from Tokyo Sweet Making School in 1973 and has been making traditional sweets (wagashi) for 40 years. He is an active member of the International Cultural Exchange Group in Aichi, Japan.

The event is part of the College’s annual Explore Japan Celebration, which introduces various aspects of Japanese culture and language to students as well as the community.

Bethany College began an outreach program with Japan in 1988, which was strengthened in 2003 with support from Handa-city in Aichi, Japan. The Handa-Bethany Educational and Cultural Exchange Committee has been sending professionals who represent “real Japan” to Bethany every fall, including dancers, musicians and chefs.

This year’s event includes a presentation by Fumiyo Iwadachi, Chair of the Handa-Bethany Exchange Committee, and a sweet making demonstration and workshop by Koie. The event will conclude with green tea served by outreach members.

Call 304-829-7767 or email for reservations and more information.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.