Taste Japan

Course Dates: 01/02/20
Time: 10:00 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

From street food to monks' food, come and explore the richness of regional Japanese cuisine across the seasons in this exciting workshop.


What is the course about?

Japanese food is popular all over the world, but there is much more to it than sushi or tempura. This course will take you through the rich language, customs, thinking, and ingredients that make up the best dishes eaten across the regions and the seasons of Japan.

What will we cover?

The wide range of dishes and ingredients across the regions of Japan, the seasonality of food, Haiku poems related to food and eating, the Japanese concept of Feast for the eyes', the Japanese passion for food though cinema, basic expressions related to food.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Order unique dishes at the restaurant
- Identify the basic ingredients of Japanese cuisine
- Differrentiate between other asian cuisines
- Appreciate the presentation of Japanese food
- Develop your awareness of regional and seasonal food when travelling to Japan
- Discuss Japanese Haiku and Japanese thinking in relation to popular dishes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Open to all levels / no previous language knowledge necessary.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Pair work, discussion, group work using visual support i.e film extracts.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

LJW18: Everything about Sushi (25/11/17), LJW61: Japanese Etiquette (17/02/18) and any Japanese language courses at various levels.


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Excellent course to discover the basics of Japanese gastronomy.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/02/2019)
A most enjoyable and informative workshop well illustrated with useful handouts.
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Review by trueimage / (Posted on 03/02/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Chikako Nakagawa

Chika has over 27 years of experience as a Japanese teacher, 23 of which she has spent at City Lit. Her work was recognised with a Teacher of the Year award in 2017. She has a teaching diploma and a Degree in Fine Art. Since coming to the UK from Yokuska, Japan, in the late 1980s, Chika travelled extensively as a performance artist, taught Zig and Zag Japanese on the Big Breakfast TV show, and wrote pieces about Japanese life for various publications. Chika encourages her students to experience every aspect of Japanese culture, which she supports by introducing food, onsen, music and etiquette in her classes, as well as running special film night events at City Lit. Chika is constantly researching new methods to introduce students to the joy of learning, encouraging self- discovery and connection through class activities. Chika’s love of art and performance is reflected in her inspirational teaching materials, including original hand drawn certificates for student achievements which are displayed in the City Lit 100 years exhibition. Teaching and learning Japanese is a joy that Chika wants to share with everyone.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: LJW19

Sat, day, 01 Feb - 01 Feb '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £49.00
Concession: £49.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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or call 020 7492 2644

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