How to Experience a Cooking Class in Japan!
One of the best experiences we had during our recent trip to Japan was taking part in a sushi making class. While exploring the streets of Kyoto we decided to spend an afternoon learning more about the Japanese culture through a local. We believe one of the best ways to acquaint yourself with a new culture is through the food since each country has its own culinary identity. Therefore, one of my absolute favorite things to do while visiting a new country is to participate in a cooking class. Through our travels we have learned how to make handmade pasta in Italy, put together Paella in Spain, roll salad rolls in Vietnam, and cook Pad Thai in Thailand. So we were very excited to learn how to roll sushi in Japan.
We decided to book a Kazari Maki sushi making class with Sakura Experience Kyoto This 90-minute cultural course offers visitors the opportunity to learn how to make decorative sushi rolls while learning more about Japan’s culture through a local perspective.
Upon arriving at the Sakura Culture Experience we were warmly greeted by Mrs Aya Ito and her husband. By our surprise we had actually signed up for a private cooking class, a first for us. We did not realize that all of Sakura Culture Experience courses are private experiences, which we loved! Mrs and Mr Ito were so excited to meet us and get us ready for our cooking experience. Mrs Ito showed me all these beautiful Kimonos that I got to wear while we cooked. She was so kind and help me put the kimono on properly and she even did my hair so it would look nice in photos. It was such a sweet experience. Once Calvin and I were all dressed up we were ready to cook. Mrs Ito explained all the ingredients we would be using to make our Kazari Maki sushi rolls. She also explained the history of this decorative sushi and how very few people know how to make this type of sushi.
After learning about the ingredients and a careful demonstration we were off rolling our rolls. Since it was our first time making this type of sushi she was so patient and kind as she guided us through. These adorable sushi rolls were not an easy task to make. I quickly learned why restaurants do not serve these on the menu. Each of the pink flower petals were actually delicate little rolls. Once we made five pink colored rolls we then positioned and wrapped the rolls to create a flower design.
After our beautiful sushi rolls were complete we had a mini photo shoot before getting to eat our delicious creations. Throughout the entire experience they were taking pictures of us so we would have the memories for when we go home. As we ate our sushi we got to talk to Mr and Mrs Ito about their culture and our trip so far in Japan. They also gave us so many recommendations as to what to see while in Kyoto.
Overall this was one of my favorite experiences during our visit to Japan. We highly recommend anyone who is going to Kyoto to visit one of Sakura Culture Experience cultural experiences. I wish I would have known sooner that they offer other cultural lessons such as making origami, a traditional tea ceremony, as well as many other cooking and cultural courses. I would have loved to have booked another class if we had more time in Kyoto. We highly recommend you add a cooking experience to your Japan Bucket List. It was my favorite memory during my time in Japan. For myself, one of my favorite parts about traveling is getting to learn first-hand about the culture by making food and eating with a local.
I hope this post inspires you to collect coordinates in Kyoto, Japan