On April 7th 2018, Kura-cooking was broadcasted on CBC T.V. program "Hanasaka times". Azusa Babazono who is a comedian "Asian" and Naomi Watanabe who is an entertainer came to Kura-cooking and they had a cooking lesson.
These are dishes which were cooked by Azusa Babazono and Naomi Watanabe. They made "Steamed fish with Sakura leaf", "Spring cabbage with salty cherry-blossoms", "Sakura sushi wrapped in fried bean curd", "Sakura soup", "Sakura Japanese steamed cake".
There are recipes on my website 「kura-cooking」 Please try them!
I love Japan, Japanese culture, Japanese gardens, Japanese traditional architecture, and so on・・・
I would like to introduce you to many aspects of Japan, but I have decided to start with Japanese food.
When I travel around the world, I find it exciting to eat and get acquainted with traditional and famous dishes of other countries.
When abroad, I of course go to supermarkets to see what is used in the country’s dishes.
After my trip, I cook the dishes I learned about on the trip.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if you could cook "Washoku" Japanese food after YOUR trip?
You could surprise your friends and family.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if you could serve Japanese dishes to your Japanese friends? (omotenashi)
So, how about cooking Japanese food at a Japanese home?
You can find many differences between your house and my house.You will enjoy a unique atmosphere here.
You can make Japanese food easily with products in your country.
You can cook Japanese dishes for your friends in your country after you learn about Japanese dishes at my house.
I love England.
I lived in England for 5 years and I learned a lot in their way of living.
I was especially fond of the English tea and cakes which I now blend in the afternoon tea classes.
In Kura-cooking, I hold the afternoon tea classes every month.
Students can make 2 kinds of cakes and 2 kinds of sandwiches.
They also enjoy drinking 2 kinds of tea.A class takes 3 hours.
I'm a missionary of an attempt to discover new food styles from the old by studying the past.
I would like to introduce Japanese food all over the world through the Japanese traditional culture.
I like to eat, cook, and create new recipes.
Sometimes I spend hours thinking about delicious dishes.
Also, I enjoy making people happy with my dishes.
Their smiles make me happy, too.
My house is a traditional wooden one.”
There are many “Tatami” (straw mats) which you may have seen in “Jidaigeki” (period dramas)!
The place we will cook is in a renovated 100 year old” Kura”.
A “Kura” is a traditional Japanese storehouse, so you can see old Japanese culture.
You can enjoy not only cooking but also my traditional Japanese garden and my vegetable garden.
We will use seasonal vegetables in our cooking.
All of them are organic, picked from my garden.
If you wish you can pick them yourself, please let me know.
If you have something you wish to eat, or cook, please don’t hesitate to tell me.
I will do my best to accommodate you.
Quoted from the October 2019 mr partner issue
The renovated building where kura-cooking classes are held is more than a hundred years old. You can learn how to make seasonal Japanese dishes, English scones, and cakes. Now Kura-cooking is a popular school.
“Kura-cooking” is a cooking studio. Yuko Asano who is a cooking expert teaches how to make Japanese dishes and cakes, Japanese tea ceremony, and English afternoon tea. She also teaches Japanese culture. So many students come to Kura not only from Japan but from many foreign countries.In afternoon tea classes, students learn how to make scones and seasonal cakes and how to pour English tea.Scones are really unique, cherry blossoms, mugwort, Japanese pepper, tofu residue, and so on are used.Students enjoy a few kinds of English tea, herb tea or Chinese tea in the classes.Yuko Asano has a lot of knowledge about Chinese medical cooking, dietary education, and so on.She hopes every student think about good food for a healthy life and Kura can become a communication space for many people.
Quoted from the May 2019 HERS issue
Let’s make healthy and delicious Japanese dishes.
Let’s make Japanese dishes in a 100 years old Japanese style building ”Kura” which is now renovated.You can cook Japanese dishes in a Japanese atmosphere!The teacher is a missionary who is teaching new cooking skills from her most cherished traditional Japanese cooking knowledge.She teaches how to make Japanese dishes in easy and new way.You can learn some events cooking recipes like Cherry blossom viewing event, Children festival event and many other events.Please contact her from HP.
Kura-cooking appeared in the local magazine “Kureyon” in January 2019.
"Kura-cooking" started about 4 years ago. Many foreigners come to Kura-cooking and enjoy making Japanese dishes (composing of 1 soup. 1rice dish. 1 main dish, and 2 vegetable dishes). It is a well-balanced meal. Japanese dishes "Washoku" was registered in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage so foreigners who live in foreign countries are interested in making Japanese dishes. They can easily learn how to make "Washoku" at Kura.
Kura is a Japanese old style shed. 100years old Kura was renovated for school.
Mrs. Asano lived in England 20 years ago with her husband for work. In England, she learned about English tea and sweets. It was a good experience for her. 5 years ago, she renovated Kura from a shed to a kitchen and a living room. Then she started the cooking school for foreigners.
English literature was her major in the university, so she is good at English.
When she came back to Japan from England she opened an English school for kids. Then she opened a cooking school.
She can explain everything about Japanese cooking and Japanese culture to students in English.
She always use seasonal ingredients from her garden, and teach her students “Importance of eating seasonal ingredients” She grows a lot of vegetables in her garden with her husband. So all vegetables are really fresh and tasty. She doesn’t only teach them basic and traditional Japanese dishes but she also shows them how to make Japanese dishes by seasoning and ingredients from their countries. For example, making miso soup with bacon broth, making vegetable dressing with mustard instead of wasabi, making dishes with tomato paste instead of miso, and so on. She sometimes changes the seasoning depending on where her students come from. So foreigners can make Japanese dishes in their countries easily. They sometimes send some photos of Japanese dishes they made in their home countries to her.
She also gives the cooking lessons in English as a treat to kids who come to English school. They like making dishes and eating them.
Mrs. Asano said, “Eating is a good way to tell about language and culture”.
School fee is 6000yen for “Let’s make and eat Japanese dishes for 3 hours”, 3000yen for “Making Japanese sweets and drinking Maccha for 2 hours”.
This cooking classes are held in an individual house, so address and telephone number don’t appear. Please make a reservation from HP (http://www.kura-cooking.jp/en/).