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Classes & Culinary Tours

Classes & Culinary Tours

Japanese Cooking Classes

A Cooking Vacation in New York City with Hiroko: Twice each year Hiroko offers a one week-long Japanese cooking course, The Essentials of Japanese Cuisine, held at International Culinary Center (former French Culinary Institute) in New York City. Come to join this course and enjoy immersing yourself in Japanese culture, history, cooking and dining. Click here to check out the detailed class content information. Cooking Classes, Hiroko Shimbo

2017 Schedule

Essentials of Japanese Cooking, 2017 at International Culinary Center

April 4, 6, 8, 11, 13 (Evening Class

August 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 (Daytime Class)

————————————– Sushi 101 Class: April 20 (Evening Class)

Ramen Class: March 30 (Evening Class)

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Culinary Tours to Japan with Hiroko

Hiroko organizes a Culinary Tour to Japan. A 2014 and 2015 tour were to Tokyo, Kyoto, Gokayama, Takayama and Kanazawa. The tour is for a limited number of participants. 2016 tour was Hokkaido with Hiroko, May 22-June 3,2016. Next year, 2017, Hiroko will run the same tour, Hokkaido with Hiroko, 2017Send an e-mail to Hiroko if you wish to get the full information with photos, hotel information, tour fee and booking condition information. It’s a memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience, not duplicated by any other organization or company. The itinerary relies on Hiroko’s personal associations in Japan with visits to sites only accessible because of her relationships.

TOUR 2017
HOKKAIDO with HIROKO, May 25-June 6, 2017 An Introduction Hokkaido Intro photoWelcome to Hokkaido with Hiroko, a unique tour combining the best of the culinary and natural worlds of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. This is the second year of Hokkaido with Hiroko operation. The group that joined Hokkaido with Hiroko 2016 enjoyed it thoroughly as you can see from the photos from the tour attached on this document. You may have been to Japan many times; perhaps you have even joined one of Hiroko’s tours. If you have been to Japan you have probably visited Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and many other places in the country. But if you have not been to Hokkaido – all around this amazing island – you have not experienced a totally different Japan that Hiroko will bring to you. Hokkaido has a “frontier” feel. Outside of Sapporo, its only major city, it is not densely populated. That population is less than 3.5 million. Hokkaido is home to so much that is different from the rest of the country. A simple example: when you are out in the farm country, you will not see small rice paddies, but expansive fields growing wheat, corn, fruit, potatoes, cattle for beef and dairy products and most of the green vegetables found in Japan, and the barns are large buildings with colorful metal roofs. This could well be Europe or parts of America. Hokkaido has many national parks featuring nature that has not been disturbed by extensive human interference or habitation. Volcanic mountains – one less than 75 years old – and beautiful caldera lakes are separated by broad, fertile, cultivated valleys. Though the timing of this tour won’t allow you to enjoy them, it is the home Japan’s premier ski slopes and resorts. And, of course, the best seafood in the country – fish in so many varieties, shrimp, crabs of many kinds, oysterHokkaido Intro 3rs and the famous Hokkaido uni (sea urchin) and scallops – come from its nutrition filled water that result from volcanic materials and from the mixing of nearshore cold and warm currents. Socially, Hokkaido is very different from the rest of the country. Its original population, the Ainu, is a Caucasian race related by genetics, language and custom to American Eskimos, Canadian First Nations people and Siberian indigenous inhabitants. The influences of these people are everywhere in place names, foods and local customs. And they survive to this day as a community that is, with other indigenous peoples, rediscovering and cultivating its roots. Extensive settlement by outsiders did not begin until the late 19th century, and the railway network tying the island together was not completed until 1926. This comprehensive tour personally researched and arranged by Hiroko welcomes your participation in this wonderful experience available to a very limited number of participants.