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Lots of fun with food – Character Lunch Box

By nagomistation - Last updated: 土曜日, 4月 7, 2012

Story by  Megumi

3 guests joined our Kyaraben lesson yesterday and made a Picachu bento box.

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Olivia and Dylan from Canada, it was their first day in Japan of their two weeks journey. And Rex from Hong Kong, it was the last day for his second trip to Japan. They have a big interesting to making Kyaraben. (Character bento.)

Olivia wondered that “Is threre any restaurant where people can eat Kyaraben in Japan?”
The answer is no, but I think it’s a very nice idea if people can eat Kyaraben at restaurant 😉

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But now, Olivia, Dylan and Rex became a Kyaraben master so they don’t have to go to Kyaraben restaurant!

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“It’s first time to having a lot of fun with food” said Olivia when she was arranging her own Picachu on her bento box as final step. I was very glad to hearing it 😀

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Thank you Olivia, Dylan and Rex!


Megumi Kusunoki, (@nagomistation) currently a cooking instructor in Tokyo started Nagomi Kitchen in hopes for people around the world to learn more about real Japanese food. Combining her passion for tourism as a former scuba diving instructor, bus tour guide, and marketing and sales manager for an online guide for tourists coming to Japan, and food, Nagomi Kitchen was born out of a labor of love. She hopes that through Nagomi Kitchen more people will become more familiar with Japanese food and ingredients and be able to incorporate Japanese home cooking into their daily meal.

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Kyaraben request

By nagomistation - Last updated: 日曜日, 3月 11, 2012

Story by  Megumi

Before I started Nagomi Kitchen cooking lesson, I was thinking a lot about the lesson menus.

 

“What menu will be fun for tourist to experience Japanese cooking during their stay in Japan?”

“How can I provide the enjoyable cooking time to them?”

 

And when I was considering it, I believed that making kyaraben will be a one of fun thing for almost participant because I have enjoyed by myself very much.

(To be honest I have never cook kyaraben for a real lunchbox though but I knew taking photos of own creation was really exciting!)

 

So, I started kyaraben lesson from last year and many participants have already created their own kyaraben 😉

 

 


And few days ago, I received a request from guest who booked our kyaraben lesson for end of this month.
She want to create Nibbler kyaraben. (Nibbler is the character from FUTURAMA, do you know it?)

 

 

Actually it was first time for me to receive this kind of request, (in addition I have never seen this character before!) but I tried to make it.
How do you think about this Nibbler kyaraben?

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I will cook it together with guest on end of March, and will pass the recipe for it 😀

I love try to make new kyaraben, so if you want to make your favorite character with us, please let me know when you booking.

Of course I want to try but I guess there is some character which is completely impposible to create as kyaraben so I will inform you if I can do that or not after receiving a request!


Megumi Kusunoki, (@nagomistation) currently a cooking instructor in Tokyo started Nagomi Kitchen in hopes for people around the world to learn more about real Japanese food. Combining her passion for tourism as a former scuba diving instructor, bus tour guide, and marketing and sales manager for an online guide for tourists coming to Japan, and food, Nagomi Kitchen was born out of a labor of love. She hopes that through Nagomi Kitchen more people will become more familiar with Japanese food and ingredients and be able to incorporate Japanese home cooking into their daily meal.

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More than just Kikkoman

By nagomistation - Last updated: 金曜日, 2月 17, 2012
Story by Alisa

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It was two years ago when I first realized the amazing variety of soy sauce brands that were available in Japan. I attended a soy sauce tasting event similar to a wine tasting where you would learn about the people and regions where the soy sauce was made and how best to use it in your cooking. I had seen the extensive selection of soy sauce in my local supermarket in Tokyo before attending this event but actually sampling the different soy sauce and tasting the difference, I finally started to view individual soy sauce like microbrews and wanted to continue trying more.

Discovering these differences in flavors within basic Japanese ingredients such as soy sauce has been an exciting process for me having grown up in a Japanese family living in Texas where Kikkoman soy sauce was the most accessible product out there. Although there is nothing wrong with sticking to Kikkoman since it is the most popular Japanese soy sauce around, it is great to know that I have other options making Japanese cooking that much more exciting to experiment with.

While there are many other soy sauce brands around the world, it would definitely be nice if everyone could try more Japan made soy sauces if they are looking for something to use in their Japanese cooking. I’ve also been trying a variety of Japanese mirin, dashi, and even salts and sugars and it is exciting how each distinct brand has a different nuanced flavor making my food come out different every time. So make sure to visit a supermarket next time you come to Japan and if you have any questions about products that are sold in the supermarket feel free to ask us at Nagomi Kitchen.


Alisa Sanada, (@asanada) co-organizer for Nagomi Kitchen, is a former Texan currently residing in Kawasaki. She went from craving fresh jalapenos while working 7 years in the web industry in Tokyo and Osaka to craving fresh tofu while traveling across the globe for a year in 2011 as a full time nomad. Alisa joined Nagomi Kitchen wanting to bring together her passions, the web, travel, and food.

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