Hiroko demonstrates how to cook okomoniyaki

Taking a Traditional Japanese Cooking Class in Osaka

Host is the perfect word to describe Yayo and her sister, Hiroko, who demonstrated traditional Japanese cooking techniques handed down by their grandmother. I expected the cooking class to take place in a commercial-style kitchen like other cooking classes I had taken before. Instead, we were welcomed warmly into a well-appointed Japanese apartment. We left our shoes at the door, and were provided warm and fuzzy slippers. Yayo escorted us to a traditional tatami room, where Hiroko, all decked out in a classic Japanese kimono, prepared matcha (green tea) for us.

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April 14, 2015 by
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Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima Japan

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How to Spend 3 Days in Hokkaido

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Save 10% in Japan

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Save 10% in Japan, when you spend $600 USD or equivalent value!*

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Itsukushima Miyajima via Vesna Middelkoop on Flickr

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February 10, 2015 by
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