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Japanese Home Cooking Course


For those who just can't stop loving Japanese cuisine, and wish to learn how to prepare those delicious foods like in their favorite local Japanese restaurant, or even better! Atami is an ideal place to learn cooking at the same time enjoying living in a beautiful country rich in history and culture.
Cooking is fun and exciting, and it is all about caring for others and enjoying life with those who you care for. It is sharing the appreciation for the nature and the change of season, which is the base for Japanese cuisine.
Our home courses is ideal both for amateur who focus on enjoyable cooking, and professional who seek to represent the true spirit of Japanese cuisine.

The instructors are all professional cooking experts who can not only teach how to prepare, but also able to give necessary information how to arrange, advice how to arrange for your preference and health - if you are vegan, vegetarian or require halal diet, we can teach how to realize that, too.
During the lessons we use basic and seasonal ingredients, while learning about Japanese culture, and exploring various aspects of Japan. The menu includes most popular dishes ordinary  eaten by Japanese on daily basis.

If you have an image that Japanese cuisine is something old-fashioned or found only in expensive restaurants, it will be an opportunity to change the image of Japanese cuisine completely, as Japanese cuisine are at its heart simple and free assimilating various influences too, without changing its core values.

The course aims at mastering most popular meals served in Japanese homes and home-style restaurants.

Learn the original Japanese culinary contents and seasonings, and master the “taste of home” in addition to how to cook rice and make soup.

  • Understand the rule of one soup and three side dishes(1汁3菜) 

  • Learn "Five Principles" of Japanese Cuisines

    • 5 methods of cooking

      • Raw/ to prepare without using heat or cut

      • Broil/Grill

      • Simmer/Boil

      • Fry 

      • Steam

    • 5 tastes - and 6th taste

      • Sour, Bitter, Sweet, Spicy, Salty and Umami 

    • 5 colors​ - Green, Red, Yellow, White, and Black

    • 5 senses - Taste, Smell, Vision, Touch and Hearing 

    • 5 appropriateness - Appropriate: Temperateure, Ingredients, Amount, Techniques and Hospitality

  • Soup stocks and Umami - fundamental to Japanese cuisine

  • Understanding fundamental seasoning and fermented food

  • Learn Japanese dishes of foreign origin but "localized" in Japan: such as curry rice, croquette, fried pork (tonkatsu), etc.

  • How to cook rice and soup

  • Lunch box preparation


In addition to hands-on cooking lessons, extracurricular training such as Market Tour is included in the curriculum.

Course Curriculum

Week 1: Japanese Cooking fundamentals

Japanese Home Cooking (1-week)

Before cooking all the fancy dishes, it is important to learn about the basic concept of Japanese cuisine. You will learn about basic principles, preparation of rice and soup, soup stocks, how to use kitchen instruments, and manners at the table, to prepare simple but delicious dishes. A good base will give possibilities to learn more variation in the future.

Week 2: Japanese traditional foods

Acquire the fundamental base of Japanese cuisine by learning traditional foods and ingredients which have been developed in relation to its diverse geographic and climatic character, and different style of living, and the way the Japanese perceive life. We will focus on ingredients and foods typical to Japan, such as tofu, umeboshi (Japanese plum pickles), agar jelly, dried fish, as well as fermented ingredients like miso, soy sauce, koji, natto, etc. 

Week 3: Modern Home Cooking

You will learn dishes originated in other countries but now commonly eaten at home. You will learn dishes such as Tonkatsu, Omelet over rice, Tempura, Croquette, etc.

Week 4: Lunch box ("Bento")

Preparing a "bento" (Japanese lunch box) is an important part of daily living culture in Japan. Special attention is paid to the taste served at room temperature, colors, shapes, and also to the boxes themselves. 

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