"Kusamakura (Sleeping Outdoors On Grass)"
Long ago, when common people went on outdoor journeys They used braided grass as makeshift pillows.These makeshift pillows came to be known as "grass pillows". I had not heard of this expression but it reminded me of the severeness and lonliness of experience of that era and how people lived their lives.

(Katsuji Wakisaka, the textile designer)



The concept for June's textile design is "Sleeping Outdoors On Grass".
Long ago, to sleep outside people would use grass bundles as makeshift pillows, and our wagashi is based on that pillow shape.

Yoshino kuzu (arrow root starch) has been kneaded into a mugwort root based dough a which has then been steamed inside of a bamboo leaf, turning sweet and aromatic.
On the inside there are two types of anko (red bean paste) filling. One is flavored with kinako (toasted soybean flour) and the other is a chunky sugared red bean paste.

We collaborated with famous Kyoto patisserie Choukyudou.
Our pop vibrant textile design reflect changes in the seasons and these are also expressed in our wagashi.

SOU・SOU's textile designer Katsuji Wakisaka has been publishing new textile design on monthly magazine, "PHP Special". The seasonal changes are expressed in our wagashi.

We collaborated with The noted Kyoto patisserie Kameya Yoshinaga.
Together we created wagashi that emphasize Japanese seasonal changes as well as our graphic textile prints.

SOU・SOU designed a new flower design corresponding to each month of the year in "Flower Notes For the Four Seasons', the booklet published by Nihon Kadou Sha, operated by Ikenobo*.

Ikenobo is the original school that produced ikebana (traditional Japanese Buddhist floral design) as a unique artform in Japan
over five centuries ago and continue to spread awareness and knowledge of the ikebana tradition worldwide.