Monthly Cooking Class @KAFUKA

KAFUKA is a cozy, hidden Japanese restaurant in Azabu Jyuban. Just by watching the owner chef cook, I could tell he puts his heart and soul into each seasonable vegetable and meat to create art.  It is amazing how each dish is not only a visual piece of art but also tastes fantastic. This invisible sothing makes each tasting…

The Collaboration between the Vegetable Dinner Event and Pottery Artist

Last Friday, I attended a special collaboration dinner event to enjoy vegetarian food served on the plates made by the artist, Kondo, from Gifu prefecture.  Here is his website: Hanzawagama. Kondo uses only local earth for the clay and uses local weeds as fuels to bake his pieces naturally in the handmade oven made by the blicks.  He was…

How to Make Matcha Tea Class

Jugetsudo, is a green tea cafe on the top of Kabuki Theater in Ginza and offers various classes throughout the year. Today, I attended the Matcha Making class.  I learned that it is important to keep your posture straight and to use your inner muscles when you whisk the tea in a cup, so that you can make bubbles without…

Macky’s Veggie Restaurant

Macky the chef AKA the organic vegetable distributor, threw a nice veggie luncheon party in Omotesando.  His monthly dinner event is normally held at the Love Story Kitchen Studio in Shinjuku but this time he rented a space in Omotensando and invited us to this fabulous zone.  The cost per person was 3800 yen (what…

Cherry Blossom in Nezu

The photo group spent the day taking pictures of the cherry blossoms in Nezu.  We visited the famous cemetery near JR Nippori station, the many temples and shrines of Nezu and walked around the old town to hunt the cherry blossoms.  We also had Swiss food for lunch at Chalet Swiss Mini.  There were a lot of…

Green Tea Class at 1899 in Ochanomizu

Green Tea Restaurant 1899 Ochanomizu is a restaurant/cafe which specialises in green tea and has a green tea theme. Periodically they hold classes on green tea and they invite instructors to give us fun lectures on the history, nutrition, science, producers, agriculture and different methods of making tea as well as a tea tasting experience.  We…

Raw Food Dessert Class

I learned how to make a strawberry dessert without using any milk, eggs, sugar or flour.  I used only fresh, raw ingredients like fresh fruits, raw cashew nuts, dried dates, coconut oil and maple syrup. I met the instructor at one of the vegetable events I attended at Love Story Kitchen Studio.  The name of the class is…

Vegetable Dinner Event March 2015

I have just returned from the monthly event of this vegetable dinner event held by Love Story Kitchen Studio in Shinjuku. As always, we got a recipe, learned how to cook, tasted delicious vegetarian food and networked with other vegetarian foodies. The cost is 7500 yen including wine and smoothies. At the end of the evening, I…

Sugar Wagashi Making Class

I normally purchase little, seasonable wagashi for green tea at a department store. These small pieces of sweets are made from sugar and soybean powder. They are pretty pricey despite their small size. I happened to have an opportunity to learn how to make wagashi by the well known mild maker who was visiting Tokyo. At the end…

Natural Food Cooking Class and a Lecture on Brown Rice

There is a natural food restaurant called Tamana Shokudo in Omotesando. They serve delicious meals for lunch and dinner. They also facilitate various cooking classes in the evenings and on the weekends at their kitchen studio behind the restaurant. My friend took the one that you take for many months to learn about organic food, take field trips…

Monthly Vegetarian Night in Sasazuka

Sasazuka is a small town in Shibuya-ku. You take the Toei Shinjyuku Line and it is only a few stops from Shinjuku. In Sasazuka, you can find the publisher’s office of Veggy magazine. Vegetarians in Japan subscribe to this magazine which features a vegetarian lifestyle. Each month, they hold what they call “Vegetable Izakaya”, a drinking evening with…

Green Study Group of Higashiya in Ginza

One of the green tea study classes I like is in Higashiya, which one of the green tea cafes in Ginza offers periodically. I like it because it comes with a delicious and healthy dinner after the class. I also enjoy the tranquility of the cafe and the souvenir shop is like a museum shop. Today, we…

Vegetable Cooking Class

I attended another cooking class at the Love Story Kitchen studio in Shinjuku.  This time I joined the vegetarian cooking class.  It is not a “real vegetarian” vegetable class, they also serve one meat dish.  However, most of the dishes were made with organic fruit and vegetables. The instructor, Macki, is a distributor of organic fruit and…

New Year’s Day Tradition with Green Tea and Wagashi

Toraya, the Wagshi maker, has it’s signature shop in Akasaka. It is located on Aoyama Dori Street adjacent from the Toyokawa Inari Shrine. People enjoy visiting them on New year’s eve and on New year’s day.  Big kites are decorated on their wall and they light it up on New year’s eve.  From 0:00 to 4:00am, they open their tea…

Fruit Cutting Class

We attended a fruit cutting class at the Love Story Kitchen studio in Shinjuku. The first class was to learn basic cutting skills and the second class was to work on a project of creating a party plate. Love Story Kitchen offers a variety of cooking classes and I really enjoy learning how to cook.   this…

A Cozy hotel near the Snow Monkey Park

After we had fun hiking and watching the snow monkeys, we checked in and enjoyed our stay at a hotel with hot springs. The hotel is called Yuyado Sekiya, one of the closest hotels to the monkey park.  Each room comes with its own hot spa tub outside.  Our room had a bedroom, a western style living…

Snow Monkey Trip

We went to see the snow monkeys for our Christmas vacation.  We took a bullet train from Tokyo station to Nagano station and then transferred onto the Snow Monkey Express train to Yudennaka.  When we arrived, our hotel driver was waiting for us at the exit to drive us to the hotel which was about a…

Enjoy the Beauty of Leaves in the Fall

In the Fall, leaves turn to red, yellow and brown throughout Japan.  This time of the year is when we enjoy certain food, nature and fashion before winter comes. This year I visited a Buddhist temple called Heirinji, it was built in 1375 in the Saitama prefecture. It is a one hour train ride away from central Tokyo with my photographer group….

Carrots salad

They were selling organic vegetables, lunch boxes and drinks on the back street of Omotesando.  I got colourful vegetables and made a salad.