Take a break from the busy sights and sounds of Tokyo and immerse yourself in a hands-on cultural experience where food meets art! Join your host in their local home studio to learn how to make udon noodles from scratch, and try your hand at traditional Japanese calligraphy too. Your host is a licensed dietician and expert calligrapher, who is passionate about connecting people from around the world through cooking and calligraphy. During this cozy cultural exchange, you can learn all about everyday life in Japan and what it’s like living in Tokyo as a local.
After a warm welcome, you will learn how to prepare udon noodles from scratch. Udon are a traditional type of Japanese noodle, which are typically thicker and more plump than ramen noodles, however you can definitely find thinner or fatter regional variants. Although it seems simple, you might be surprised by how physical the process is! Prepare yourself to knead, stomp, and cut it just right! You’ll walk away with all the knowledge you need to make this noodle dish at home.
However, after making the noodle dough, it will need to rest. While you wait, this is your chance to learn the ancient art of calligraphy. Your host will teach you to write a kanji character of your choosing. Using a brush, ink, and careful calligraphy techniques, you will have a chance to practice different strokes and master them elegantly!
Once the dough has rested, you will learn how to cut the homemade noodles individually with a special knife and chopping technique. You will get to eat the freshly made udon on the spot after briefly boiling them to perfection, and receive a recipe to take home as well. Enjoy your comforting noodles while enjoying some conversation with your host and share stories about your experiences in Japan.
Ingredients and tools to make udon noodles from scratch
Traditional calligraphy painting class
Take home udon recipe
Transportation to and from the venue
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
All classes are held in a private residence. It’s within walking distance from both Akihabara station (10 minutes) and Ueno station (15 minutes). The exact location and address of the residence will be given upon the confirmation of your attendance.
Please do not come barefoot as it will be held in a local home; otherwise you need to purchase socks
Please come with older casual clothes just in case (we will be using ink for the calligraphy)