An unique and important point to the class is that you will learn, not only how to cook Japanese, but gain a lecture at the beginning of the class about Japanese seasonings. The session make you cook Japanese food much easier than you thought. Japanese people love to use seasonable and fermented ingredients, which are very tasty, but also have an impact on our health and well being, contributing to a long, healthy life, that may just be that "eye-opening" experience for you.

 

After the lecture, you will start to cook Japanese home-style, seasonable foods, instructed by a well-established Japanese chef, but also tasting sake with a Sake sommelier. All taking place at a venue that feels you'e been invited to a friend's home, so quite a fantastic experience.

As you might already find, it is a full scale class for you to enjoy!

Comprehensive Japanese Cooking Class

Class Schedule

  1. Learn Japanese food culture-Japanese seasonings and sake ( 30 min)

  2. Cooking time    cooking-Main dish ( pork,chicken or seafood), three side dishes with rice and miso soup (90 min)

  3. Meal Time  a Glass of paired sake will be served  (60 min)

  • Green tea and Japanese sweets whilst the instructor answers all of your questions

  • Recipe will be sent to your email after the class.

Menues

Choose your main dish from main dish option from list below. Or I will select               seasonal main dish for you. 

We will cook

One main dish,  3 side dishes with seasonal ingredients,  steamed rice and miso soup. 

A glass of paired sake will be served with meal.

*If you like to taste 4 kinds ot sake for sake tasting, I will offer you additional 3000 JPY per person 

Main Menus

Meat 

  • Ginger Pork 

  • Tonkatsu, misokatsu  Deep fried pork cutlet 

  • Katsu-donCook fried pork with egg

  • Hamburg: Japanese style burger

  • Menchi-katu,  Fried burger

  • Tatsuta-age, Soy sauce marinade fried pork

  • Okonimi-yaki: Savory cabbage pancake 

  • Soboro-don: 

 Cooked ground pork, fine     scrambled egg and cooked         green over rice 

    Wagyu beef additional

   1000 y en per person 

Poultly

  • Teriyaki Chicken 

  • Chicken karaage  Japanese style fried chicken 

  • Chicnek nanban   fried chicken marinated in sweet sour sauce served with egg salad

  • Chicken roll with vegetables

  • Tukune, chicken meat ball skewer

  • Oyako-don Cooked chicken with onion and egg

Seafood

  • Sushi  Combination of sushi roll, inari zishi, salmon aburi-zushi and Nigiri-zushi

  • Simmered fillet of fish 

  • Salmon teriyaki

  • Pan fried mackerel marinated in sweet sour sauce

  • Fried Shrimp and seafood 

  • Seafood and vegetable tempura 

Vegetarian
Vegan 
  • Vegetable sushi

  • Okonomi-yaki , savory cabbage pancake 

  • Spring roll with cooked dried daikon 

  • Vegetable Tempura 

  • Chirashi-zushi with julienne egg 

Hi I'm Fukuko

I'm culinary experienced Japanese chef as well as a Sake sommelier.
What my classes offer you are:

  • Knowledge of the background of Japanese foods

  • Techniques of Japanese cooking

 
My passion is to share, not only techniques, but also a history which is the unique point that you’ll get from my Japanese cooking classes – this includes sushi making.
You can learn how to make sushi at many places in Japan, and in the world, but it is very rare to learn its culture, as well which is why I run the classes.
 
For example, the participants learn about one of most famous of Japanese seasonings – “miso” – which is a super healthy food, and used since the Heian period (from the 8th century), so gaining knowledge of miso and how to cook miso soup.
 
If you are interested in sake, there is a class for you to learn and compare the different tastes, depending on the manufacturing area, rice, water and the process with some delicious Japanese nibbles.
 
You will find the Japanese cooking classes, which are instructed in English at Food & Friends Tokyo, have a very friendly atmosphere and you are guaranteed to learn a lot, as many participants express their happy feelings and appreciation at the end of classes or by email later to make all the classes even better.
 
There are two venues one in Tokyo and one in Karuizawa, Nagano prefecture – a beautiful resort town in the mountains.
 
 Food & Friends Tokyo is proud to offer Japanese cooking classes to anyone to make their time in Japan even more memorable.

Japanes Cooking

My STORY
 
Originating from Tokamachi city, Niigata prefecture where there is a lot of snow during winter.
Having worked as a flight attendant for 8 years, both domestically and internationally, I found that I had visited more than 20 cities in the world. These experiences made me aware of the treasure of local foods, and also the value of Japanese foods, which was such a wonderful discovery for me.
Throughout my career as the flight attendant, I learnt a lot, such as hospitality and skills in serving wine, sake and other alcoholic beverages in order to make all the passengers in first class feel comfortable during their flight – and it is those experiences that led me to the food industry.
 
2000 Moved to NY
I lived in New York City for 8 years, and Chicago for 2 years – in total 10 years in the US, due to my husbands business relocation. It was an enjoyable life, and quite a variety of foods. So I decided to study about food and so enrolled on a Diploma of Culinary Art program at Institute of Culinary Education (also an M.A of Food Studies) at the New York University.
 
What I learnt at Institute of Culinary Education:
High quality experiences of French, International culinary and baking, using various fresh ingredients, whilst I also enjoying both learning and its environment.
 
Experiences:
I had a great opportunity to work for a traditional French restaurant, Chanterelle in NYC which was run by well-known chef and served high-end dishes for 6 months.
Later becoming a food writer for a Japanese professional journal magazine in NYC, writing more than 40 articles about cafés and management. I also started writing about Japanese recipes with local ingredients for a Japanese local town paper in the city.
 
What I learnt at at New York University:
I majored in Food Studies, and had to study and research food, nutrition, entrepreneurship, food process, writing, International food matter and the history. My research was for Japanese food company and restaurants in NYC.
 
2009 Back to Japan
I continued the research of International food, and began to take Japanese cooking classes regularly; and I also started learning to be sake sommelier.
 
2016 Started teaching Japanese cooking, and became a sake sommelier.
I started working as a Japanese food education instructor and gave cooking classes for mothers and children at Chiyoda-city public health centre.
In October 2016, I became Kikizake-shi (Sake sommelier) Certified by SSI.
In May 2017, I became an International Kikizake-shi (Sake sommelier) certified by SSI.
 
2016-2018
I took an Authentic Japanese Cooking Course in Egami Cooking School
Certified Public heath supervisor by Tokyo city
Certified Fermented Food Maister by Japan fermented food culture institute

I would love to share all my food experiences with you!

Testimonials 

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Kisshy was very welcoming! She took the time to explain all the important ingredients to understand the basics of Japanese cuisine and make us taste them before using them in our recipes. We also had a little sake degustation since Kisshy is also a sake sommelier! The food was delicious, simple to make and she sent us all the detailed recipe afterwards. Thank you Kisshy!

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Absolutely wonderful! The class is very informational and Fukuoka-san is incredibly knowledgeable about sake. Highly recommended as the first thing to do for people traveling to Japan for the first time!!!

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This was a really fun and relaxed experience. We got to learn and see a lot thoughout the class, which covers some basics of Japanese flavors and cooking. I think it would be a great thing to do right at the start of your trip! As I'm vegan, she had put together separate versions of each dish for me, so veggie people are certainly welcome here. There were a few items that had to be prepared ahead of time, but she always made sure to explain the process she had gone through to make them. Fukuko was very relatable and enthusiastic, excited to share her recommendations for Tokyo. A good time, and a great lunch!

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Wir hatten einen tollen Vormittag bei Fukoko. Sie war sehr gut vorbereitet und mit wenig Aufwand konnten wir unsere eigenen Sushi machen. Wir bekamen viele nützliche Informationen und Tipps, die einen super Überblick für uns Neuankömmlinge geboten haben. Unbedingt zu empfehlen#

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We would give Friends & Food 10 stars if it were possible. Fukuko Kishimoto takes you deep into the rich heritage of Japanese food and cooking. Her extensive credentials, plus her warm and charming personality make this cooking class interesting, engaging, and fun all at the same time. If you want some of the mystery taken out of Japanese cooking, and if you'd like to familiarize yourself with the seemingly exotic ingredients used in this culinary art, sign up!

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Turns out that Fukuko is not only a great cook, but she works as a Sake Sommelier! This turned out to be a pleasant surprise. A great group dynamic also helped, so we got right into cooking and knowing more about sushi and the proper basic techniques for it. She was caring, witty and loved talking about other kinds of food, where you come from and why you end up taking this class :) Even more props for the vegan and vegetarian alternatives, which makes this experience cater to everyone!

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Fukuko's saki tasting and education far exceeded my expectations. It was a little unique in that she hosted us in her home and it was just my brother and I. Such a special treat and very intimate. Fukuko is very knowledgable about saki, and Japanese cuisine and culture. I really enjoyed the food pairings with the various saki she provided. Now I know how to read a saki label and have a better understanding of what I am buying. I would definitely recommend this experience. Great way to to spend an afternoon and learn more about (and enjoy!) Japanese food, drink, and culture.

a female guest from UK in airbnb experience

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Fukuko-San made sure that this was an incredibly informative and unique learning session. If you are or have ever been interested in learning more about sake and its pairing with food this is a must have experience!    a male guest from mexico in airbnb experience

男性ポートレート

Turns out that Fukuko is not only a great cook, but she works as a Sake Sommelier! This turned out to be a pleasant surprise. A great group dynamic also helped, so we got right into cooking and knowing more about sushi and the proper basic techniques for it. She was caring, witty and loved talking about other kinds of food, where you come from and why you end up taking this class :) Even more props for the vegan and vegetarian alternatives, which makes this experience cater to everyone!

オフィスの女性実業家

Wir hatten einen tollen Vormittag bei Fukoko. Sie war sehr gut vorbereitet und mit wenig Aufwand konnten wir unsere eigenen Sushi machen. Wir bekamen viele nützliche Informationen und Tipps, die einen super Überblick für uns Neuankömmlinge geboten haben. Unbedingt zu empfehlen#

若い女性を笑顔

This was a really fun and relaxed experience. We got to learn and see a lot thoughout the class, which covers some basics of Japanese flavors and cooking. I think it would be a great thing to do right at the start of your trip! As I'm vegan, she had put together separate versions of each dish for me, so veggie people are certainly welcome here. There were a few items that had to be prepared ahead of time, but she always made sure to explain the process she had gone through to make them. Fukuko was very relatable and enthusiastic, excited to share her recommendations for Tokyo. A good time, and a great lunch!

Details

Location ​

Meeting at Yotsuya Station Mall

Time and Duration

12:30pm to 2 pm

Fee 

Weekdays
10000 JPY per person
 Week ends, National Holidays 
       12000 JPY per person 

Notice  

Min 2 people to 6 people 

Comprehensive Japanese Cooking Class

Class Options

Sushi Making Class 

​¥6000

One-Stop Cooking Class on Weekend Saturday, Sunday and National Holiday

​¥12000

Tsukiji Fish Market Shopping and Cooking at Home

​¥15000

Cooking Class in Karuizawa 

​¥15000

One-Stop Cooking Class 

​¥10000

Sake Tasting and Food Pairings 

​¥6000