Japan is definitely a nation of food enthusiasts and as much as I like eating out, it can definitely get expensive. I always was interested in Japanese cooking and was given a great opportunity to learn more about it when I lived in a sharehouse for six months. If you are unfamiliar with what a sharehouse is; it's place where many young Japanese and foreigners opt to live because it's cheaper than renting an apartment but you can still have your independence.
The main reason I opted for a sharehouse is because it made it easier for me to make friends and learn more about Japanese culture. My old sharehouse held parties once a month and I always volunteered to help out with the cooking. At my first party I learned how to make sushi rolls (and making a sushi roll is actually tricker than it looks). I learned more about cooking from my sharehouse mates than from a cookbook. I know that everyone doesn't have the opportunity to live in a sharehouse but ABC Cooking Studio gives tourists (and foreign residents) a great and convenient way to learn more about Japanese cooking.
Generally, ABC Cooking lessons are set up in courses, such as World Cooking, Bread and Cakes. There are over 120 cooking studios in Japan and currently the only lessons offered in English is in Tokyo Midtown where they also have 1-day lessons available for a reasonable price (about 5,000JPY). They allow you to take a lesson a cooking, bread or cake lesson without applying for a course. ABC Cooking donates a portion of the lesson fees to the UNHCR (Office of the United High Commissioner for Refugees) to help promote better eating habits for refugees around the world. SO you can level up your cooking skills, impress your friends back home and do a good deed!
It's easier to go straight to the studio or call to find out what courses are available.
ABC Cooking Studio plus international
107-0052 Tokyo, Minato, Akasaka, 9 Chome7−4 Tokyo Midtown Galleria 2F/14
Phone Number: 03-5413-3476
URL (english website): http://www.abc-cooking.co.jp/english/
Credit Cards Accepted at Tokyo Midtown LocationView Larger Map
Toei Oedo Line: direct link from Roppongi Station [Exit 8]
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line: direct link via underground passageway from Roppongi Station [Exit 4a]
Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line: a 3-minute walk from Nogizaka Station [Exit 3]
Tokyo Metro Namboku Line: a 10-minute walk from Roppongi-itchome Station [Exit 1
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