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Japanese Cooking Lessons In Japan

omotosando Dec 30, 2006 05:00 AM

I am coming to Tokyo next September for an event at Big Site and would love to extend my stay in Japan to take Japanese cooking lessons.

I have a number of American friends who have gone on cooking school vacations to Italy where they stayed in the countryside and learned to cook various Italian meals, but as far as I can tell, there is not a similar tourist industry in Japan.

Does anyone know of what options, if any, there are for cooking lessons for tourists in Japan?

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    MobyRichard RE: omotosando Dec 30, 2006 05:41 AM

    I've only heard of one: the Tsuji Cooking School, and I can't speak to the quality of the instruction.

    1. Tripeler RE: omotosando Dec 30, 2006 11:12 AM

      You might try here:


      Though I have never taken any lessons from her, Elizabeth Andoh is highly regarded authority on Japanese food.

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        Tabetai yo RE: omotosando Jan 11, 2007 05:14 AM

        You should book in advance with A Taste of Culture. Elizabeth Andoh is extrememly knowledgable and her classes are great. She also give market tours if specially arranged. Check her website atasteofculture.com.

        1. Robb S RE: omotosando Jan 11, 2007 05:56 AM

          It looks like she doesn't have any cooking classes scheduled, at least in the next three months. (The site is tasteofculture.com, by the way.)

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            Tabetai yo RE: omotosando Jan 11, 2007 04:07 PM

            Robb S in Tokyo! Hi there. Love your food page.
            She's probably doing more travel for her book etc. Oh well.

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              Robb S RE: Tabetai yo Jan 11, 2007 08:58 PM

              Thanks! And good luck with the book.

            2. omotosando RE: omotosando Jan 11, 2007 09:44 PM

              Does anyone know this place near Tsujiki?


              From best I can understand from a beta translation of their website, they offer lessons in the art of shaving katsuo. I would doubt that they are equipped for gaijin, but perhaps the "show and tell" method would work, with the emphasis on "show" or a Japanese friend could be cajoled to come act as translator.

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                ponocat RE: omotosando Jan 1, 2008 04:44 PM

                Omotosando, I am going to Japan in May of this year and would like Japanese cooking lessons in English. Did you find a class? If so, how was it?

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                  lost squirrel RE: ponocat Jan 7, 2008 11:13 PM

                  There is always the option of a soba-making class near Tsukiji.

                  This guy seemed to like it:

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