Exploring Japanese Culture and Cuisine: The Norman Estates Japanese Wagashi Making Afternoon Tea Event

On Sunday, April 21st, a unique Japanese wagashi (traditional sweets) making afternoon tea event was held at Norman Estates in Gledswood Hills, southwest Sydney. Co-hosted by Realtisan and Japan’s largest developer, Sekisui House, the event was designed to thank both new and existing customers for their support and love, offering an opportunity to delve deeper into Japanese culture and desserts. The event also showcased the community’s charm, surrounded by the golf course, and included tours of luxurious Japanese-style villas.

The project, a $300 million luxury residential community called Norman Estates, is a collaboration between golf legend Greg Norman and developer Sekisui House. Located in Gledswood Hills, this is Norman’s first branded residential project in Australia, featuring a nine-hole golf course designed by his company.

The residential project comprises 190 luxury homes, with sales now in the final phase.

Realtisan and Sekisui House prepared gifts along with fruit cakes for the VIP clients who attended the event.

The wagashi-making workshop was led by William Lin, featuring these colorful and variously shaped traditional Japanese sweets that not only delight the eye but are also a popular choice for tea time. William Lin shared not just the techniques for making wagashi but also explained their cultural significance, enhancing participants’ understanding of the connection between wagashi and Japanese tea ceremonies.

Another highlight of the event was the culinary tasting, where participants indulged in a selection of finely chosen cakes and fresh fruits. These exquisite desserts were universally praised by the attendees. The delicious food, coupled with a relaxed atmosphere, provided a perfect setting for guests to enjoy the gastronomic delights while also engaging with other members of the community.

The event also included a tour of the Norman Estates community. Guided by William Lin, participants visited the main facilities of the community, including the beautifully designed residences and the community center. Many customers expressed that the tour gave them a more tangible understanding of the living environment at Norman Estates and left them impressed with the comprehensive planning and design philosophy of this luxurious community.

The event received high praise from customers, many of whom described it as an unforgettable experience. They appreciated not just learning how to make wagashi, but also the opportunity to enjoy such a rich cultural exchange on a beautiful weekend afternoon with family and friends.

Realtisan plans to continue hosting a variety of culinary, travel, and entertainment events to enrich the community’s cultural life and strengthen connections with clients, aspiring to be craftsmen in the real estate industry and to discover the beauty in life.

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