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Excellent! Super fun for the family

We enjoyed our Udon noodle and calligraphy classes. Wakana was an excellent teacher. We started... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2023
Paoosa
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Scaggsville, Maryland
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Fantastic cooking and calligraphy class. The best way to take a break from busy Tokyo. Kids loved the experience!!

Fantastic cooking and calligraphy class. Wakana is amazing! She taught us how to prepare udon... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2023
Ed_likestraveling
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Laurel, Maryland
via mobile
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Wakana's classes aren't just something to do if you've got a bit of free time in Tokyo- if you're going to Tokyo you should make time to go to her classes! My partner and I attended a private calligraphy lesson with Wakana and we walked away with one of our best experiences of our entire trip. Not only did we leave with our finished calligraphy, but we also left with so much new knowledge about the history of calligraphy and Japanese culture!
Wakana herself is an absolute delight- she's helpful and funny, and didn't make fun of my terrible calligraphy once!! :) I enjoyed her lesson so much that I've bought my own calligraphy set and am practicing regularly. I also highly recommend her origami earrings- I've gotten so many compliments on them since returning home and they are the best souvenir I could imagine!

Long story short- take Wakana's classes!! We're already looking forward to returning so we can learn how to make some delicious udon and have a tour of her local area!

Thank you Wakana!!

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Oh my goodness, this was by far one of my favorite experiences here in Japan. Wakana is actually certified to teach calligraphy, whereas many people teach it but do not truly know what they are doing and tourists can't tell the difference. Wakana could speak English extremely well, which is hard to find in Japan. The noodles we made together was my favorite meal in tokyo as well, simple but extremely tasty. Along with the experience, she has very unique things to buy within her home. Overall, she was very welcoming, kind, competent, and fun.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Well I only have great words for Wakana and her 'Wakalture' . I really appreciate everything she does and I learned a lot about Japanese culture. Cooking noodles from scratch and write my first words in Japanese with Wakana will be something I will bring with me for a long time !  If you're in Tokyo..just go there, and you won't regret ;)
I can't wait to go there next time!!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Andrea P
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

While looking for fun and interesting things for my family to do I came across Hub Japan. Hub Japan has locals that want to share the "real" Japan with vistors. this where I found Wakana. Her business Wakalutre, teaches you the authentic way to make udon noodles. Being we had a 11 year old with us it sounded like something exciting and different to do. She loves to cook and when I found that you need to use your feet to knead the udon made it all the more fun.

Wakana is very pleasant, speaks English well, entertaining and overall easy to talk with. I felt like we were talking to old friend, not someone we just met.

Wakalture is in a residential neighborhood, away from the busy city. It is a short walk from the Okachimachi Station. Google maps takes you right there.

During the time that we had to let the udon set she taught us how to make various origami pieces. After she cooked the udon we got to eat our creation! She not only just served us the food but explained the reasoning for placing the zaru (bamboo plate) and hashi (chopsticks) a certain way. You even get the recipe so that you can make it at home. My daughter has made it already and it came out great, not mention fun to do.

After a few hectic days all around Tokyo, it was nice way to relax for 3 hours. Go and visit Wakalture, I'm glad we did.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Carlton W
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Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

What won't come of this:
-you won't become a calligraphy expert
-you won't become a Japanese chef

But maybe:
-You will have a little less fear of drawing intricate japanese kanji and katakana
-You will gain an appreciation of the art of Japanese cooking
-Your new found interest may inspire you to do those things you can't do in one sitting.

It was a joy not only to gain insight into these areas of this amazing culture, but also to spend this time with the warm, patient, and kind person that is Wakana. She provides a great environment for soaking in these art forms without feeling like you are just a low-ly beginner.

This is a short walk from the Ueno metro stop on the Ginza line and well worth your time. A great extra stop on your way to Asakusa!

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Greg C
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