Akiko

Akiko

  • 日本語 (Fluent)
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I was born in Osaka, grew up in a suburb of Nagoya. I have been interested in food ever since.

When I was a kid, my mother was not so good at cooking. When I was in highschool, I used to make my bento myself. I've been cooking everyday for almost 40 years. After graduating from high school, I studied abroad in a college in California. Then I moved to L.A. where I met my husband who was a chief cook of a restaurant in Little Tokyo. He is so picky about food because his mother was an excellent cook. Thanks to them, I have countless recipes now.

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17 Reviews for Akiko

  • Kate Kate

    Dress in a real silk Kimono near Nagoya

    Dress in a real silk Kimono near Nagoya I enjoyed this so much! Not just getting to wear the kimono that is professionally fitted on you but for meeting the ladies behind it. They were so welcoming from the beginning and it was nice to sit down and have tea with them after. They explained kimono and other Japanese history and cultural questions I had. It was so lovely being welcomed into someone’s home, thanks so much. Arigato gozaimasu, Hejime mashte.

  • Marty Marty

    Enjoy Japanese Home Cooking and Tea Ceremony near Nagoya

    Enjoy Japanese Home Cooking and Tea Ceremony near Nagoya One of the things that I think truly makes travel rewarding is when you get away from the typical tourist attractions and spend time with people in normal situations. So ,u wife and I jumped at the opportunity to spend our last evening in Japan with Akiko and her daughter with a tea ceremony and preparing a typical Japanese dinner. Communication with Akiko was great and she met us at the station promptly and took us a short drive to her house. There we met Meg, who led the tea ceremony. Next we helped Akiko in preparing a wonderful meal for the four of us. Great conversation throughout the whole process about anything and everything. Lots of laughs the whole evening. One of Akiko's friends leads a local drum school and we were fortunate enough that they were practicing that evening, so we went there after dinner. It was amazing watching the skill of these young musicians, and the joy they displayed. I even got a little time on the drums with them! Definitely a worthwhile activity if you have the time. All in all, I can not say enough nice things about our evening with Akiko and highly recommend this activity!

  • Astrid Astrid

    Dress in a real silk Kimono near Nagoya

    Dress in a real silk Kimono near Nagoya Both Akiko-san and Hisae-san were very welcoming. Hisae-san picked me up from the station and dropped me off afterward too.

    Hisae-san was pleased to share her love of kimono. She even showed me how to wear a Yukata properly. She was very knowledgable.
    I can say for certainty I made a new friend today.

    Thank you very much!

  • Sheila Sheila

    Walk around the old town Arimatsu in real silk kimono

    Walk around the old town Arimatsu in real silk kimono Absolutely love every minute of the experience. Akiko and Mayumi picked me up at the train station. When I arrived, they were already there waiting for me. Akiko was dressed in a beautiful dark purple kimono dress. They took me to Mayumi's home, where I had the experience of living in a typical Japanese home, which amazed me. Mayumi then dressed me up in the most elegant silk kimono.
    We went for a stroll along the old town of Arimatsu in kimonos. Beautiful strip of ancient building, some were at least a 100 years old. Took a lot of photos and had a few chats with the local.
    A wonderful once in a lifetime experience and I cannot wait to return. If you are wish to experience the authentic and traditional way of wearing a real silk kimono, Akiko and Mayumi are the real deal. Highly recommended.

  • Jacqueline Jacqueline

    Enjoy Japanese Home Cooking and Tea Ceremony near Nagoya

    Enjoy Japanese Home Cooking and Tea Ceremony near Nagoya Akiko-San is an excellent hostess who is warm and hospitable. Her recipes are easy to follow and the food we cooked was absolutely oishi! My family and I had a very memorable time and wonderful culinary experience.

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