Temple Cuisine, Table Manners, & Tea in a 120 y/o Townhouse

Organized by Kyoko Furuta
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Duration
2 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 4 guests
Language
English
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Discover Otoki Ryori (temple cuisine), table manners & tea in a 120-year-old Meiji-era townhouse in Gifu! This class is led by a certified teacher from the Japanese Service Manners Association.
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Join a lesson in Japanese table manners, Otoki Ryori (temple cuisine), and a tea ceremony in a 120-year-old Meiji-era townhouse
Learn from a certified lecturer from the Japan Service Manners Association
Use rare 100-year-old tableware
Discover Japanese customs and culinary traditions
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
What do you get if you combine Buddhism, Japanese cuisine, tea, architecture, traditional crafts, and culinary traditions? An unforgettable experience. Join this lesson in Japanese table manners and Otoki Ryori (temple cuisine) in a historic townhouse in Gifu, a charming prefecture in the Chubu region of central Japan. You’ll also participate in a traditional tea ceremony alongside your host–a certified lecturer from the Japan Service Manners Association. Located amongst the scenic landscapes of Gifu Prefecture in Japan lies Mino City, a place where tradition, craftsmanship, and natural beauty intertwine. This charming city (where your experience takes place) is known for its historical significance and renowned textile industry, particularly washi paper–Mino washi paper is designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. This area is relatively unknown to tourists (compared to surrounding regions), making it an ideal location for those seeking a lesser-known getaway in Japan. Kyoko Furuta is a certified lecturer from the Japan Service Manners Association passionate about preserving Japanese culture and culinary traditions. She has extensive experience teaching table manners and culinary traditions to students, along with vast knowledge of tea ceremonies. Your experience will occur under Kyoko’s expert guidance in a beautiful 120-year-old Meiji-era townhouse! You’ll taste Otoki Ryori–a type of homemade Buddhist cuisine using seasonal ingredients–complimented by a lesson in table manners. Japanese table manners are a choreographed dance, where every gesture–from picking up your chopsticks to holding your rice bowl–communicates an unspoken language of courtesy and appreciation for the food before you. This experience includes: Otoki Ryori (Buddhist temple cuisine): Introduction and tasting experience A light meal and drinks Table manners & tableware presentation Tea Ceremony
Inclusions
Light meal & drinks
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the meeting point
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
2156 Tawaramachi, Mino City, Gifu Prefecture
Remarks
This is a table setting, table manners, and tasting experience (no cooking involved)
The setting can change from the images
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Gifu Prefecture is home to well-preserved historic villages, mountainous landscapes, and scenic open-air hot springs, with a proud culinary heritage spanning centuries.
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Earliest available date: April 22, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals