We took the sushi and soup class from Kaori. The class was held in the first floor of her inn and was about a 5-10 minute walk from the Nijo station JR station/ Tozai subway station. The directions and map provided were excellent, but it took us a few minutes to get oriented once we walked out of the subway, so allow a few extra minutes.
Kaori speaks excellent English and gave us an overview of Japanese cuisine - then we started making broth and sushi. The class was all hands on, and she gave us some great tips (and recipes, of course) so we can make it at home. We made Kyoto-style sushi balls, which were super easy to make and everyone really enjoyed. We had six in our class, and everyone had a chance to participate in the preparation. Kaori was great with the two children in the group, so I would recommend this class for families as well.
Make sure you skip lunch and come hungry. The class started at 2pm, and we were eating by about 4pm. In addition to the sushi rolls, sushi balls spinach salad (with a delicious sesame sauce) and soup, we had tofu, plum wine and dessert.
She only takes cash, but there is a post office about two minutes from her inn that takes foreign ATM cards.
Overall, it was a fun afternoon and great way to learn about Japanese culture, food and cooking.
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