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Seasonal Festive Japanese Cooking Class

Organized by Kaori Yamaguchi
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Duration
3 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 5 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
Japanese, English
Other
Gluten-free, Has a gift, With recipe, Regional food
Hear all the stories the host can share about Japan, and explore the festivities and culture of Japan through seasonal cooking classes!
Highlights
Learn about seasonal festivals in Japan
Create intricate recipes that include seasonal ingredients
Enjoy cooking with a kind host who has extensive knowledge about Japanese cooking and culture
Learn to cook a full Japanese meal consisting of healthy dishes (1 rice dish, 1 soup, 1 main meal, 1 to 2 small side dishes)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Learn all about the culture of seasonality through these cooking classes that celebrate Japanese cuisine. Not only will you learn how to cook delicious recipes, but you'll also learn about Japanese customs and the history of the different seasonal events. In this cooking class, you will learn more about a seasonal festival or custom, particularly about its history and the traditions surrounding it. Some examples include Hina matsuri (Girl's Day in March), Tanabata (Star festival in July), and Tsukimi festivals (Moon viewing festival in September). When you arrive, you will receive a complimentary welcome drink/tea accompanied by seasonal Japanese sweets. You will first receive an introduction and explanation surrounding the ritual and the food you will make. Then you will experience hands-on cooking with a demonstration. After that, you will get to eat what you have made and clean up. In the end, you will also receive a little seasonal gift to take home with you. Events by month: *Menus are subject to change depending on the availability of ingredients *All menu comes with complementary snack, sweet or drink. *Please inquire with us if you need additional information for each monthly menu. August: Tsukimi (Moon Viewing Festival) Kuri gohan (Chestnut rice) Miso soup + 2 side dishes September: Shinmai (Newly Harvested Rice) Kinoko Gohan (Rice with Autumn mushroom) Imo Jiru (MISO soup with taro potatoes and vegetables) Sanma (saury) no shio yaki (Salt grilled fish in season) + 1 side dish October: Shichigosan (Celebration of Children’s Healthy Growth) Osekihan (Glutenous rice with red beans) + 2 side dishes November: To-ji and O-misoka (Winter Solstice and New Years Eve) Toshikoshi soba (if you are allergic to buckwheat noodles, udon can be alternative) Tofu hotpot) + 2 to 3 side dishes December: Oshogatsu (New Years) Ozoni + 3 more side dishes
Inclusions
Complementary welcome drink/tea accompanied with seasonal Japanese sweets
A textbook in English with a full recipe, a thorough history of the event, and an explanation of the ritual
A little gift related to the theme or event
Fresh picks from our veggie field (depending on availability)
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
All classes will take place in the host's kitchen in Hiyoshi, Yokohama (20 min from Shibuya/12 min from Yokohama on Tokyu Tokyoko Line) →10 min by taxi from Hiyoshi station. Details will be given by email after the reservation has been confirmed.
Remarks
Menus are subject to change depending on availability of ingredients
Please tell us if you have any dietary restrictions in advance
The host will try her best to cater to your needs but please do understand if she may not be able to do so due to the cultural significance a certain ingredient may hold in the menu
The host's kitchen is not set up to accommodate life-threatening or otherwise severe food allergies

Experience Location

Nestled below the bustling city of Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture is as diverse in its environment as its food is delicious; Kanagawa offers Chinese street food and craft beer in Yokohama and fresh seafood from Kamakura and Enoshima, as well as natural beauty and mountainous produce in the hot spring town of Hakone near the base of Mount Fuji.
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals