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The Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St., LA’s Little Tokyo, will host “Beginners Wagashi Workshop” with Tokyo-based pastry chef Chikara Mizukami and food writer Sonoko Sakai, who will discuss the healthful aspects of Japanese pastries, perspectives on Japanese pastries and tea, and the Japanese influence on Western pastries. This event will begin at 2 p.m. Beginning at 3 p.m., Mizukami will then demonstrate two classics of wagashi making: nerikiri and kuzukiri. Nerikiri are hand-molded bean cakes made with azuki bean paste and natural vegetable dyes for coloring. Participants will also make kuzukiri served with brown sugar syrup. This is a refreshing and healthy jelly dessert, which can be put together very easily. The wagashi will be served with green tea. The fee is $75 members; $85 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 15 students max. The workshop is free with admission to the museum. Info: (213) 625-0414.