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What you need to bring
- 日本語 (Fluent)
- English (Fluent)
Hello!! I am Atsushi.
I'm a freelance architect and coach. I love traveling and cooking and food. I am happy to serve and show you Okinawan people's life style. I believe you will be able to experience what it's like to live like a local through my experience.
I welcome you to Okinawa anytime!
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If you want to learn cooking with real local food, Nozomi is the perfect host. One of the things I am fascinated by is okinawa's abundance of centenarians and how it might be related to diet. In addition to the truly classic okinawan goya champru, we also prepared it with tuna, along with some other dishes including andansu, inamuruchi, and kubuirishi. Make no mistake this is definitely a hands on experience. I wanted to get my hands dirty with some delicious local ingredients, and I couldn't have been happier.
Wonderful experience getting to know Okinawa, Atsushi's family, and traditional Okinawa food
We had an excellent morning with Atsushi and his lovely wife and son. Atsushi picked us up at our hotel and detoured on his way to his house to show us an area of Naha that we were particularly interested in. He and his wife welcomed us into their home where we cooked a meal of Goya Champuru, Andan Su, and Okinawa Tempura. We learned about different kinds of Tofu, different ways to use Miso, and how Okinawa Tempura differs from Japanese Tempura. We were introduced to Bitter Melon and how to make it less bitter if necessary. We had an enjoyable time sitting together and eating the dishes we had cooked, all the while entertained by his delightful 2-year-old son.
Homey cooking in Naha
We had such a great experience with Atsushi and we feel honored that he invited us into his house. He showed us how to cook Goya, tofu and rice as well as the purple yams we had asked for. We asked for a vegetarian experience or a pescatarian experience and he cooked us a fish-veg Goya stir-fry with rice. It was delicious but I already forgot the recipe, so defo write things down when you're there. The full experience took around 1,5 hours and Atsushi is knowledgable and educated so we were able to ask him about culture and politics which was great! This experience is definitely worth it. We felt it was a bit pricey but when you think about it, this is really a chance you don't get when you're on holiday unless you're lucky to randomly bump into an English speaking Japanease guy when you're out exploring, who invites you to your house. So having said that, it's definitely worth it. I'm sure Atsushi would also help you with other things such as going with you as a translator or being your guide to certain parts of the island, if you ask him. Highly recommended!
Had a fantastic time learning how to Cook Goya with Atsushi! He was an extremely kind host, and very patient with my lack of cooking skills and my constant barrage of questions. Not only was he a great cooking instructor, he was an amazing resource for learning about Okinawa. I was visiting Okinawa to learn more about the local culture and Atsushi was an incredible resource. We spoke about Okinawan life for hours! By the end of the experience, I would say we became good friends. I would recommend exploring Okinawa with Atsushi in a heartbeat!
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