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Initia Japanese Cooking Class

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Had a great time and learned something about Japanese cooking

The course with Taro and Miyoko was a good mix between having an entertaining evening, getting some... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Blexwermert
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Great Experience / Magnifica Experiencia

ENGLISH A great evening. Taro and his mother gave us a great lesson on how to prepare a Japanese... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carlos K
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Initia Japanese Cooking Class is a great way to learn how to make traditional Japanese dishes in English. What we teach is not fancy cuisine, but daily home style meal. We, a local family teach a small number of guests, so the atmosphere is just...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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35-2, Aketacho, Higashikujo, Minami, Kyoto 601-8044, Kyoto Prefecture
Southern Kyoto
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The course with Taro and Miyoko was a good mix between having an entertaining evening, getting some japanese food knowledge, experiencing cooking on your own and chatting+dining with locals. Taros English is very good due to his studies in the US. Miyoko, his mum, knows...More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are trying to be hosts who I wanted when I was traveling. When I was traveling, I always looked for local people who are open to tourists and share their local insights. Spending time with those people helped me understanding each culture. I hope...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

ENGLISH A great evening. Taro and his mother gave us a great lesson on how to prepare a Japanese meal. They were very nice and warm, and it was a very pleasant evening. Taro sent us the recipes and photos after the event. He was...More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Yes, the meal looked very yummy, and it tastes great especially when you cook by yourself:) The class was very peaceful and relaxing with you. One of the things I like about the class is that we always have guests from different countries so we...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

La experiencia “Cook home meal...” superó todas mis expectativas. Aprendimos varios platos que cocinamos nosotros mismos con la guia experta de Taro y su madre Miyoko. El ambiente, la organización, la calidad de los ingredientes, la coordinación de Taro fueron simplemente perfectas. Lo recomiendo vivamente,...More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad you enjoyed the class!! Our cooking class is small, but thanks to that we can do "hands-on" experience. We try to share experiences that you can't have when you just do sightseeing. I hope now you know more about Japanese cooking, Japanese culture in...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had such a wonderful evening with Taro and Miyoko. They host us at their house for 3 hours, told us about Japanese culture and we learned how to cook some local dishes. We highly recommend to take part at this welcoming workshop. Arigato :)More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Talia! I'm glad you liked the class. We had a great time too thanks to you. It was really nice to know your culture. The class was very peaceful and I liked it a lot. If you have another chance to come to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Taro and his mother Miyoko were great hosts. You felt welcome the moment you walked through the door. The class itself was well organised, the recipes were easy to follow and I learned a lot of nifty little tricks for my cooking at home. We...More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are a small cooking class, but thanks to that, the class size is small, and we get to know each of our guests well. When you watch cooking TV show from other countries, you will notice that they use unique technique which isn't used...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Taro and his mother made us feel so welcome! It was a relaxed night and a well thought out menu. My 2 teens really enjoyed being involved with the cooking. It all tasted delicious. Thanks Taro and Miyoko!More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Yes, the class was very relaxing thanks to great guests including you. Your children seemed interested in cooking too (even though you said they barely cook haha) At the end, the meal looked picture perfect. I'm glad the taste was also great. I hope we...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Taro and his mom were awesome! It was a lot of fun cooking with them and Taro was also a great conversationalist. His English is super fluent so no worries about communication there. We made rice with side dishes of lightly pickled cucumber, simmered pumpkin,...More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! That class was very fun to me as well. We also learned about your culture through talking with you. We always like to share our knowledge with enthusiastic guests like you! Now you know how easily the teriyaki chicken sauce...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our time with Taro and his mother. Not only was the class extremely informative, but the food we made ended up being excellent. Looking back on our trip to Japan, this experience was one of my fondest memories. We learned so much...More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

When I used to travel, I used to stay with local families and cooked with them. Through the cooking, I got to know their culture. Also, cooking with local families/eating at home are quite different from just eating at restaurants. I wanted to share the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time learning what forms the basis of Japanese home cooking. Taro’s explanation was easy to follow and you genuinely felt that you were preparing and later eating what a Japanese family would have. Delicious food and plenty of it. Sake and beer...More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I'm glad you came! Yes, the meal we prepared is exactly the daily home meal. Please cook it once again if you have a chance. Most ingredients should be easy to find in many countries. Tea and water are free, but other drinks are optional...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Taro and Miyoko are wonderful! They provide great instruction and a friendly atmosphere. It was great to learn cooking in a normal Japanese house. We had a great time and the food was delicious. Would do it again if we ever visit Kyoto again.More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! Even though we call it a class, we try not to be a class. During the cooking, we cook together just like cooking as a family at home. To do that, we keep the class size small. That way, we...More

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