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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 2 February 2018 via mobile

Wakana was a wonderful host for my Japanese culture experience. Because I had a particular interest in tea ceremony she arranged a private lesson with Besui Sensei, who was phenomenally gracious! Sensei’s daughter also assisted and demonstrated. I felt so honored that Sensei was so willing to patiently share her decades of knowledge to a mere novice patiently answering my many questions. I was humbled and thrilled!

The day continued with a cooking class in noodle making and omelets. It was great fun to learn how easy noodle making can be. She is a very patient teacher. Thank goodness! I had so much fun with the omelet lesson that I bought the special pan so I could make it for my family.

Yes it’s fun to tour a country but it’s even more memorable to delve into the culture. Next time I want to try calligraphy. Wakana has been practicing the art for years. Thank you for an unforgettable day!

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

Wakana very kindly made time to see us as we were at the end of our holiday and I desperately wanted to do a Japanese calligraphy class. It was a lovely experience and Wakana is very thorough in explaining the different Japanese styles of writing, how to hold your brush etc. I would highly recommend Wakana for a true Japanese cultural experience.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

If there was one experience in Japan that I felt like I gained the most from, it was this one! Wakana is such a sweet person to be around, and my wife and I both felt like we connected with her over the course of the experience. Not only did Wakana teach us how to make homemade Udon Zaru style, she also taught us Japanese Calligraphy. There were a couple things I learned about both of these as a bonus: 1. Zaru Udon is just as good if not better tasting than Zaru Soba (which is my favorite style of Japanese cuisine) and 2. I learned a lot about Japanese language and grammar from Wakana in the process of picking which word to paint. My favorite part about it was spending time in a Tokyo home, with someone who knows Tokyo and the culture so well, and just feeling like I was hanging out with a really cool Japanese girl in her home environment. We talked about travel, and food, and the "always improving" mastery culture that is well known in Japan. By the end, this experience made me feel like I was reunited with a really awesome family member in her home. Highly recommend this experience to anyone!

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Wakana is a great teacher who knows her stuff! She speaks English and teaches a variety of classes. We took udon noodle making and calligraphy. Both were challenging, but Wakana was encouraging. She even had this lefty writing right handed! It was fun to see the positive results from our efforts. Check it out, it's definitely worth it!

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

Wakana’s class in calligraphy and udon-making was one of the most memorable parts of my trip to Japan. I loved that every part of both activities felt like a learning experience -- between practicing calligraphy techniques and making udon from scratch, Wakana gave context each step of the way, and I learned so much about Japanese culture from her. At the same time, there was no pressure to be perfect. Wakana has a huge passion for what she does, and it really shines through in the way that she teaches. She’s so easy to talk to, has lived a super interesting life, and is full of stories! I highly recommend her class if you’re looking for a fun and unique cultural experience while in Japan. Arigatō gozaimasu Wakana-san!

Date of experience: November 2017
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