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Learn to make Character Bento Box in a private online class!

5.0 (2 Reviews)
Approximately 1.5 hours
English or Japanese

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Your host Noriko
Noriko was inspired to share her culture and cuisine after an incredible experience she had cooking and eating with a local family living in rural New Zealand, where they use a boat regularly to get around. On her return to Japan, she began offering cooking lessons in Tokyo with the sole objective of sharing authentic Japanese food and culture with the world. She specializes not only in traditional cuisine like washoku gozen, seasonal and authentic Japanese dishes but also in showcasing modern trends that Japanese housewives’ use in their everyday cooking. Her specialty is ‘kyara-ben’, a character bento box in which she arranges food in elaborate styles to look like popular characters, people and animals. Her recipes are all about balance in flavor, nutrients and colors so your Japanese bento/gozen will be a treat for your eyes and taste buds. Noriko is happy to share stories about food and culture in Japan.

Highlights
  • Learn to make a Totoro bento box
  • Private, one-on-one online instruction with a Tokyo resident
  • Scheduled mutually at your convenience (host lives in Tokyo, Japan (GMT+9))
  • Customization available for dietary restrictions or preferences
  • Recipes and ingredients list will be emailed in advance of class
  • Travel from your own home and learn culinary traditions of Japan!
  • Family friendly
What will you cook together
  • Totoro character bento box including:
  • Shaped Totoro character
  • Japanese egg
  • Shaped side snacks
Ingredients
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  • Cooked sushi rice
  • Broccoli (pre-boiled or steamed)
  • Cooked potato
  • Black sesame seeds (or black food coloring)
  • Green seaweed flakes or parsley flakes
  • Salmon flakes (optional)
  • Nori seaweed sheet
  • Sausage or hot dog
  • Egg
  • Dashi
  • Soy sauce
  • Spaghetti (uncooked)
  • White cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Sugar
  • Salt

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Online Class Reviews
5.0 (2 Reviews)
Isabel 27 September 2020
"Noriko is a lovely host who made the class very clear and easy to understand. The experience was definitely one of a kind, something both my sister and I really enjoyed and will be recommending to our friends!"
Heather Patton 1 May 2020
"I wanted to take a minute and let you know how much we enjoyed our cooking class with Noriko last night. First, her camera setup and all the instructions were so professional. I had no trouble prepping for the class (even with the stay-at-home orders here in Texas) and getting the ingredients and tools in place before we started. And once we got underway, Noriko was so personable and patient...and she didn't even mind when our egg crepe turned out in a big heap! (But we learned from our mistake and will try that step again this weekend on our own!) :) Noriko (and her son acting as cameraman, who was adorable by the way) was a delight. I can't wait to do more of these classes with our boys. Thank you for putting these online classes together for all of us travelers who are anxiously awaiting that day when we can return to our adventure and education on the road!"
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HOW IT WORKS
  • Submit a request and get connected with your host
  • Pay invoice sent to your email and receive confirmation details and class link
  • Meet your host online at your agreed time for your private cooking lesson!
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours before event