Wakalture Experience -Japanese Calligraphy and Cooking

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Wakalture Experience -Japanese Calligraphy and Cooking

Wakalture Experience -Japanese Calligraphy and Cooking
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Lessons & Workshops • Cooking Classes
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Wakana teaches you the real Japanese culture such as traditional calligraphy, cooking, Origami, Tsumami-zaiku etc... Wakana is a licensed calligrapher and having over 20 years of experience!! At the calligraphy class, you will write your favorite word with your name in Japanese. Of course, you can take them home as a souvenir:) Udon making class comes with either Calligraphy, Tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) making or Origami folding class. You make Udon from scratch! While we let Udon dough sit 1-1.5 hours, you'll experience one more Japanese culture. It's located in my local area close to both Akihabara and Ueno:) More cultural classes are available!! Please check my website for more details or just ask me:)
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Neighbourhood: Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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G Kenrick
Stevenage, UK10 contributions
Couples
We decided to visit this experience as we like to support local business and, of course, meet local people! We opted for the cooking and calligraphy classes which we thoroughly enjoyed. Wakana was an excellent host and teacher, and her calligraphy is beautiful. My husband and I had a lovely 3 hours with her, and would highly recommend it.
Written 23 March 2020
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Paul K
London, UK3 contributions
My wife and I were staying in the area and visited Wakana for her calligraphy and cooking classes. It was fun and interesting and Wakana was social and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed it and enjoyed interacting with a real local!
Written 23 March 2020
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Mel B
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Family
My 15 year old daughter and I had a great time having our very first lesson in calligraphy. Wakana explained the history of the characters, some of the origins of a few characters as well as the lesson on calligraphy itself. It was nice to experience the lesson and some of the culture with someone who truly loves what they are doing.
Written 16 December 2019
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Thank you so much for the review!! Also thank you for letting my baby in the class:) It was awesome meeting you guys also teaching!! Thanks again for coming!! Wakana
Written 2 February 2020
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Shawn H
5 contributions
A fun afternoon for learning Japanese calligraphy that was a highlight of our trip to Tokyo. Gained an appreciation of the discipline and artistry required. Wakana is terrific instructor and patiently corrects mistakes (even if like me you repeat the same ones).
We combined with the Udon cooking class which was delicious
Written 11 December 2019
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Thank you so much for the awesome review!! It was great meeting you and your family:) I hope you have chance to make Udon noodle again at home:9 Thank you again for coming to Wakalture! Wakana
Written 2 February 2020
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Einat D
2 contributions
Family
We participated in calligraphy lesson. Wakana is very professional, pleasant and patient. She taught us about the evolution of Japanese writing, and each one of us chose a word to practice on, and take home as souvenir. I recommend this experience.

Written 20 October 2019
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Thank you so much for the review!! It was pleasure to meet you and your family:) So glad you enjoyed it!! I hope to see you again somewhere in the world! Wakana
Written 2 February 2020
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Neicy Pilarca
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Solo
Wakana is incredibly patient, kind, and fun to talk to! I already had an interest in Japanese calligraphy, but when I watched her write or talk about the art, it sparked a deeper appreciation within me for Japanese culture. I did the beginner’s course, and you get to choose one kanji character you want to write. I chose a slightly difficult one, so she had to modify it a bit. I definitely fumbled a lot while I was writing, but even as I was making the same errors in strokes, she took the time to gently correct me, offer advice, or have her guide my hand. She makes the class light with her stories and anecdotes, she was very warm!! Will definitely come back!
Written 24 August 2019
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Thank you so much for the awesome review!! (Sorry for replying so late) It was pleasure to meet you and teach you the calligraphy:) My baby is here so if you're still wanna do the lessons, let me know!! Thanks again for coming:)
Written 8 January 2020
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Binyamin A
1 contribution
Solo
I really enjoyed with Wakana, she is very nice and Pleasant to talk and everything is in a good atmosphere, the udon came out great and it was very fun to cook it, I also really enjoyed creating beautiful origami. For those who are interested Wakana also selling adorable earrings with a tiny origami that she makes by herself at a very decent price.
Written 16 August 2019
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Thank you so much for the review!! I also enjoyed talking about travel, culture differences etc:) Let me know if you make Udon again for your gf!! Thanks again. Wakana
Written 20 August 2019
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KimJace O
Calgary, Canada1 contribution
Family
As a family with 2 teenage girls we were trying to find a way to have an authentic Japanese experience and keep them engaged. We weren’t into the commercialized experiences or group experiences so when I came across Wakalture on Trip Advisor I thought it would be a great match.

The girls love Udon and Ramen so I contacted Wakana to see if we could sign up for the cooking and calligraphy class. She got back to me right away and we worked through the details.

It was an honor to attend the class in Wakana’s home. We learned how to make Udon noodles which were so yummy. We all can’t wait to make them again at home. In the process of making the noodles Wakana notice that our oldest daughter was wearing a ’Stranger Things’ shirt. (We are huge fans of the Netflix series.) It turns out that she had done a calligraphy class for some of the Stranger Things cast a couple of weeks ago and she showed us the youtube video. Our girls loved it!

Next we did the calligraphy portion which really made us marvel at the technique and practice that is involved. Wakana has been studying calligraphy for more than 20 years with a master. Her skill is truly an art and she has a great way of teaching.

We are so glad we included this in our trip to Japan and would highly recommend this for anyone wanting a uniquely authentic experience.
Written 6 August 2019
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Thank you so much for the awesome review!! I had a great time with you guys too!! You know what the next day you were here, I had other guests and one of them was also wearing a Stranger things shirt!! They were also excited!haha Anyway, thank you again for finding me and coming to Wakalture:D I hope to see you again one day in Tokyo or America:) Wakana
Written 20 August 2019
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Carolyn K
Toronto, Canada83 contributions
Couples
It was probably our problem as we were pressed for time and had to leave right after the allotted hour and a half. Maybe if we had had more time we would have been able to practice more and do a better job. But we had to go.
So we left feeling a little frustrated by our lack of ability/ achievement.
We were at Wakana’s when she was in the middle of moving so her place was quite cluttered .There was no sign at the door of the building. Thank goodness for the TA reviewer who had posted a pic of the entrance to the building- we would never have found it without that.
To be fair Wakana did give us a very clear lesson and we learned a lot. But give yourself plenty of time if you want to do justice to this difficult art.
Written 13 June 2019
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Thank you for the review. It means a lot to me. About sign, there are only small signs as I want it like a hidden place so that guests feel less touristy. I mention to everyone to check Google map photo how it looks like but I think it wasn't kind enough. For now, I will take a photo of the building and send to my guests directly so that they can find my building easily! Thank you for telling me the truth:) And so sorry that you had to leave before you felt comfortable. I will make sure to ask everyone if they have limited time! But, I remember I was about to tell you one or two more practice, then you should've been ready for the last paper! You guys definitely have improved a lot. So please do not think you were lack of ability. But yes, that's the Japanese calligraphy. It's not something like you can make it in few hours. I never made something perfect in my 24 years. My 73 years old teacher as well. But If I have confidence with my calligraphy, that means I will never improve anymore. That means I have more capacity to improve! That's why, the kanji of Japanese calligraphy is 'writing road'. The road of learning calligraphy never ends. I think this is very Japanese thought which I like and you felt it! I think that's why some of repeat guests keep coming back as they know how difficult but fun the Japanese calligraphy is:) I really wish we had more time until the difficulty you felt turned to fun!! Thank you again for the review. I will take advantage of your review and keep trying my best!!
Written 13 June 2019
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eliserolllund
2 contributions
Family
My 16 and 11 yrs old daughters and I did the beginners calligraphy class with Wakana and the tea ceremony with Bisui and Emi. We had a great time and it was the highlight of our Tokyo trip. Wakana is a very skilled and great teacher and a wonderful person to be around. She is incredibly helpful when booking, explaining how to get to her place, and she tailored her class to suit both me as a grown up and my kids. We had a fun time together. We had a delightful time with the mother daughter team Bisui and Emy. They taught us so much about Japanese history and culture, the tea ceremony and traditional Japanese clothing. We will absolutely go back for more classes on our next trip to Japan and we now feel we have made new friends in Tokyo!
Written 6 May 2019
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Thank you so much for the awesome review!! I've showed this to Bisui and Emi and they're very happy for this too:) It was great and fun for me too teaching you and your smart daughters!! If you ever come back to Tokyo again, please let me know!! I look forward to seeing you guys again:D Thanks again!! Wakana
Written 8 May 2019
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