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Taste Ramen with Matsusaka beef broth at Okage Yokocho

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In my previous blog, I introduced the local sweets called Akafuku. The name of this sweets is also the name of this shop.  And this shop is located in a Okage Yokocho. According to their website, “The idea of Okage Yokocho emerged through a deep sense of gratitude for the beautiful surroundings, bountiful resources and appreciation for all living things in the small, tucked away town of Oharai, in front of Ise Jingu in Ise City”.

There are so many unique local shops along the side of Okage Yokocho. We didn’t have time (and energy with a small child) but you can spend half day or one day there. Since I hold Ramen & Gyoza class in my cooking class, I’m always interested in tasting other ramens when I go outside. So as this time, I tried cold ramen and Japanese beef ramen 🍜. For Beef ramen, they use Japanese premium beef called “Matsusaka-gyu” for soup broth. 🐮 I am sure some of you, Japanese food lovers, know but a Matsusaka beef is locally grown beef in this area and also one of the premium Japanese beef. How rich and gorgeous this ramen is!!! They also use chicken for the broth and it adds the rich flavor. My husband and I both loved this beef ramen at Yokocho soba.

Taste Akafuku mochi at Ise jingu

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Taking the Shinkansen express train from Tokyo station, my family and I visited Nagoya station first to transfer. Then, we took the local express train called Ise-shima liner to visit the Ise jingu. I was so surprised to know that its area is roughly the same size as Paris. Since our 3 year-old son likes to visit local shrine so my husband and I wanted to take him to there. Technically, he was too young to walk long distance from entrance to the main area but we could feel the sacred atmosphere and enjoyed the beautiful Isuzugawa river.


When visiting Ise jingu, you should not miss local sweets called Akafuku. Akafuku is a Mochi coated with red bean paste. It’s not too sweet (like chocolate) so I recommend for you who like less sweet dessert. My family and I visited the headquarters of Akafuku honten so we could feel the concept of this brand. 😌🍵

Food Research Trip to Mie and Wakayama prefecture

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I recently went to Wakayama and Mie prefectures for “food research”! 😋 For coming days, I will introduce local Japanese foods for you! Hope you enjoy!!!

Tokyo Guide : Sugamo | Melon pan, Daigaku imo and more!

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In this video, I will introduce one of my favorite neighborhood “Sugamo”.
This area is still a hidden spot in Tokyo. You will meet few travelers there.
I recommend Sugamo area because there are so many delicious street foods and restaurants.
When you come to Tokyo or if you are now in Tokyo, please visit this area!

Oh, I forgot to mention in the video but there is 1-star Michellen star ramen restaurant near JR Sugamo station. The name of the shop is “Tsuta”. You should not miss!!!

YUCa’s Japanese Cooking Original Chopsticks

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YUCa’s Japanese Cooking original chopsticks!
I wonder if you (who have joined my class already) noticed but I created special chopsticks early this year and have been using in the class. Since then, many of my guests asked me if I sell this in the class. So, I decided to start selling them in my class and YJC’s online store.


What I like about this chopsticks is you can put them in a dish washer. I’ve been using almost everyday for past 6 months but it still keeps really new. How about using this chopsticks at your home or giving them to your friends who like Japanese food and culture? For order, please go to the store page. Thank you & Enjoy Japanese food!

Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki

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Do you know this Japanese style savory pancake?
This pancake is called Okonomiyaki. There are two kinds of Okonomiyaki here in Japan. They are Osaka-style and Hiroshima-style. I usually teach Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki in my class.👩‍🍳🍳 Because this pancake has volume and it’s fun to flip several times to make it! If you are interested, please join our Okonomiyaki & Gyoza class!

Gyoza Pastry (Gluten-free)

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Gyoza is one of the home meals we make a lot here in Japan.
However, gyoza pastries we usually buy from supermarket have always a gluten.
In this video, I will introduce how to make Gluten-free Gyoza pastry.
I hope you like this Japanese food and cooking recipe.
Please enjoy the video and try it out. 

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Japan Guide : Ramen Museum in Yokohama | Dear Ramen Lovers !

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In this Vlog, I introduce special museum.
I assume some of you might have visited already but…
Yes, it’s Ramen Museum in Yokohama (http://www.raumen.co.jp/english/) !!!
I visited there with my friends from France. One of my friend is a chef so I was so happy to take him to this museum.

Sesame Dressing

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Have you ever tasted sesame dressing here in Japan?
I realized many of my cooking class guests love this Japanese-style sesame dressing.
In this video, I will introduce how to make Japanese-style sesame dressing.
Yes, you can make from scratch!
I am sure you can use food processor to sesame powder but if you want to try this special mortar and pestle, please check Japanese style mortar and pestle in our store page!

After the recipe video, I will show you one of my favorite place in Tokyo. I hope you like this area as well! Please enjoy the video and try it out. 🙂
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Okonomiyaki Sauce

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Do you know Okonomiyaki? Okonomiyaki is a Japanese-style savory pancake. In Japan, we usually buy this Okonomiyaki sauce from supermarket. But I wonder if everyone can find this special sauce in their local supermarket.

In this video, I will introduce how to make Okonomiyaki Sauce. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we can make the sauce with using simple items in our kitchen? (I think so!) Please enjoy the video and try it out!

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