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Welcome to YUCa’s Japanese Cooking – Online Class – !

In this live streaming cooking experience, you will connect with YUCa from her private kitchen in the centre of Tokyo, Japan. YUCa will be guiding you step by step to create popular Japanese foods in the comfort of your home kitchen! There are 8 classes. Menus of some classes change monthly.

All classes take 1 hour and cost 3,300JPY/person.
*Vegetarian, gluten-free, Halal options are also available. Please tell us in advance.

Class Schedule (May & June, 2020):

May 2020:  

May 28 (Thu) – 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
May 29 (Fri) – 20:30PM(JST)  Monthly Special : Rice Burger class

June 2020:  

June 2 (Tue) – 19:30PM(JST) Any class available!
June 3 (Wed) – 19:30PM(JST) Japanese Sweets class  Private class booked
June 4 (Thu) – 10:00AM(JST)/19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 5 (Fri) – 19:30PM(JST)  Okonomiyaki class
June 6 (Sat) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM (JST)  Any class available!

June 8 (Mon) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 9 (Tue) – 10:00AM(JST)  Okonomiyaki class  Private class booked
June 10(Wed) – 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 11 (Thu) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 12 (Fri) – 19:30PM(JST) Family Cooking : Onigiri class
June 13 (Sat) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 14 (Sun) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM (JST)  Any class available!

June 15 (Mon) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 16 (Tue) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 17(Wed) – 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 18 (Thu) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 19 (Fri) – 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 20 (Sat) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 21 (Sun) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM (JST)  Any class available!

June 22 (Mon) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 23 (Tue) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 24 (Wed) – 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 25 (Thu) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 26 (Fri) – 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 27 (Sat) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 28 (Sun) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM (JST)  Any class available!

June 29 (Mon) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!
June 30 (Tue) – 10:00AM(JST) / 19:30PM(JST)  Any class available!

How to book:

1. Please visit class page and fill the request form down below. Then, push “Send your request” button.
Okonomiyaki class
Seasonal Sushi class
Japanese Sweets class
Gyoza class
Monthly Special class
Tsukemen (Ramen) Soup class
Family Cooking class
Healthy Japanese Meal class

2. We will send a reply with the link for the payment. If you do not receive a reply from us within two days, please resubmit your request again.

3. Once you book the class, you’ll receive a link of Google Meet and a full list of ingredients and utensils. Not to worry – we keep it simple, you probably already have all the things you need in your kitchen!

4. As we get closer to the big day, you’ll receive notes from us to help you to connect virtually on the day you book.

5. See you from the kitchen!

Attention:

The schedule hours default to Japan Standard Time (JST)★.
Please pay attention to the day you sign up for in accordance with your time zone!

NOISIA2: 海外企業からの報酬を受け取る日は時差に注意?

Can’t you find a schedule for your time zones? Don’t worry!
Write to: info@yjc.tokyo or contact us. We can do our best to make it work together! 

Gyoza online cooking class

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Don’t forget your smile while cooking!

If you are interested in learning how to make Gyoza from scratch,
please book the class from here!

In this class, we will make Gyoza pastry from scratch!
I prefer homemade gyoza pastry than premade one. Do you now why? You will know it after making it!!!

If you prefer vegan, vegetarian, halal, gluten-free Gyoza, I can customize the menu for you!
See you from your kitchen!

Happy Children’s Day 2020!

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Happy Children’s Day !
Children’s Day is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5th, and it is part of Golden Week Holidays.
The purpose of the Children’s Day is to celebrate children’s happiness and to respect their personalities.

The day was originally called “Tango no Sekku”, or Boy’s Festival, was celebrated in order to wish the healthy growth of the boys in the family.

On that day, families with boys raise ‘koi-nobori’, or the carp-shaped streamers outside the house, wishing their success in their lives. They also display ornamental helmets called Kabuto or samurai dolls at home, because they are believed to be symbols of strength and vitality.

Traditional foods such as ‘kashiwa-mochi’, mochi rice cakes wrapped in oak leavesand, and ‘chimaki’, rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves are eaten on that day. People put iris leaves and roots in the bath. It is believed that it will purge noxious vapor.

This year, my husband prepared kashiwamochi and I bought iris leaves and roots to put in a bath. Since it’s rare to put iris leaves and roots in a bathtub, my son enjoyed his long bath time tonight!
Of course, kashiwamochi was delicious with green tea.

Birthday cake for Mario

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Made a special cake for dogs with using potato, special milk, yogurt and blueberries.
The reason is…Mario (our therapy dog!?) became 9 years old !!!
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My favorite place : National Azabu

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Day trip to memorable and important place for me.
I’ve been visiting the National Azabu supermarket since I was a child. I found this supermarket from teen magazine I was reading when I was elementary school student. (Wow, almost 30 years ago!)

When I visited this store for the first time, I was so shocked to know there was such a place in Japan. I felt that I was in another country! Then, I was fascinated by the scent, the interior, the foods and the goods that I have never had. This experience definitely opened my mind and made me eager to understand other cultures in this world.
After coming back to my hometown in Fukushima, I slowly became interested in learning English.

Since I love this supermarket very much so I occasionally visited there after I came to Tokyo for studying and living. What is more, I even worked for them before starting my business. Because I thought this was the best timing and the last chance for me to work there.

Don’t forget the strong passion and impactful memories you have in your mind! I believe those will guide you to the next level!

Onigiri under the Sakura cherry blossoms

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Did you enjoy the “Live” cooking class on YouTube on Saturday? I hope you made some of onigiri already.
After the class, My family and I visited the park in our neighborhood and enjoyed eating onigiri (that I made during and after the class) under the Sakura cherry blossoms. This year, this will be our first and the last time to go and see Sakura trees.

For video and recipe, please check here!
https://yjc.tokyo/japanesefood-recipe-onigiri

Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Festival)

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Happy Girls’ Festival 🎎✨
The 3rd of March is the traditional and representative spring event day called “Hina-Matsuri” in Japan.

Hina-Matsuri means Girls’ Festival! There is a tradition if the baby is a girl, the parents of the mother give a traditional dolls called Hina-kazari (Traditional dolls of Emperor, Empress, their servants and accessories on the tiered stand) to their daughter’s family. This day, parents having daughter invite their families and friends to celebrate this event. They display Hina-Kazari and serve guests traditional dishes, like Chirashi-zushi (garnished sushi), hard-shell clam clear soup, hishi-moshi and hina-arare (pink and white grilled piece of rice cakes).

When I was a child, my parents invited the Hina-Matsuri party for me and my younger sister every year. So this event reminds me of my childhood and I loved it.

It was my daughter’s first girls festival day today. I made a clear color soup with using cherrystone clam and chirashi-zushi. She cannot eat them this year since she is 4 months old… 👶🏻 Hopefully, next year!

Local foods in Sendai : Zunda mochi

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Zunda mochi! For sweets lovers, don’t forget to taste this local sweets in Sendai city. This is a mochi covered with crushed and sweetened edamame beans. Zunda mochi is so popular in this area, so you will see many zunda flavor products at the station or convenience stores etc. (Even KitKat product!!!)


There is a zunda mochi recipe on this website and also on my free recipe app “Recipe by YJC”. Please download the app and try it out!

Local foods in Sendai : Gyu-tan & TKG

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Gyu-tan (cow’s tongue)! It sounds a bit strange but this dish is one of the popular and “must-eat” gourmet food in Sendai city. It’s always nice to eat sliced and steak style but my family really enjoyed tsukune style.


To add more, we ate the best Tamago-Kake-Gohan (We call this “TKG” in Japan!) with the egg from beautiful Fukushima region. This is the simple home meal with raw egg yolk topped over the rice. This restaurant also served shredded yam with egg yolk. The egg yolk is so orange and the flavor was fascinating!!!

Local foods in Sendai : Napolitan spaghetti

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My family and I visited Sendai city the other day and had one of the popular Yoshoku (Western food/Western inspired Japanese food) , which is Napolitan spaghetti. I know some of you doubt about this pasta but we call “ナポリタン・スパゲッティ” in Japanese. For this dish, we usually use brown mushroom, green pepper, sausage or bacon and season with Japanese ketchup. Some people garnish extra parmesan cheese or tabasco on top.


We luckily could eat the No.1 champion Napolitan spaghetti at HACHI (http://www.maido-8.com/) ! This shop is famous for hamburg and napolitan spaghetti. For their Napolitan spaghetti, they use onion, brown mushroom, shrimp and their pasta is a little bit thick and has chewy texture. It tastes between Italian pasta and Udon?! This menu had a fried cutlet aside. Of course, we ate all of it! After eating pasta, it’s ice cream time!!!

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