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Buddha Bellies Cooking School

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  • genkidesu

    on Sep 7

    Happy Tummies at Buddha Bellies!

    When I first moved to Japan, one of the biggest things I wanted to do was to learn how to cook some of the local cuisine. Sadly, my prior experience with what constituted Japanese cuisine was pretty limited to sushi and ramen - I didn't really know what things were considered quintessentially Japanese outside of that. I got to searching online for a cooking school in Tokyo and found Buddha Bellies, which is located in the Jimbocho area of Tokyo. Jimbocho is definitely worth a visit anyway if you're a book lover, because it's known as the book district of Tokyo - there are loads and loads of fascinating book stores all across this part of town. But I was here to learn how to cook! The class is located right near the Jimbocho Station and the instructor meets you at the station exit (so there are no worries there about getting lost!). When you book a class online, you get to choose which particular class you'd like to take. There are all manner of Japanese foods available to learn about, from sushi (there's even a vegetarian/vegan sushi class), to wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets), but the day that I went I decided to take the okonomiyaki class. There are a couple of reasons I went with that - first, it's one of my husband's favorites and I thought it would be cool to learn how to make it! Secondly, I wanted to learn something that was easy enough to recreate at home. Okonomiyaki hits the nail on the head with that! The classes are priced around 7500 yen, and run for a couple of hours. No worries if you don't speak Japanese well, either - the sessions are conducted entirely in English, so you don't need to worry about anything potentially being lost in translation. You also don't need to worry about bringing anything along (apart from yourself and your payment for the class!). All of the ingredients required are provided, there are aprons there for you to use, and an instruction sheet written in English for you to take home - making the recreation of the meals a cinch. One of the best things about the class is that the groups are that they are usually capped at around 6 to 8 participants. On the day that I attended, the class was only me and 3 other people - so we made friends with each other quite quickly! As well as being a great place to learn how to cook, you might make some new companions too! Once you all make the meal for the day, you get to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor together. Included with the class is a glass of beer or sake with your meal (or if you don't drink that's fine too - there are non alcoholic options as well) but it was nice enjoying a beer in the middle of the day with my delicious okonomiyaki! If you'd like to find out more about Buddha Bellies Cooking School, their website is at https://buddhabelliestokyo.jimdo.com/. Happy Eating!

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