Matsuzaka

Matsuzaka

  • 日本語 (Fluent)
  • English (Beginner)

If you’re interested in learning about Japanese home-style cooking, that’s exactly what we can offer you: a friendly class in English and Japanese where you can learn how to prepare some popular dishes. It’s a chance to produce genuine examples of "Mom’s cooking" which no restaurants in town have on their menu.

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5 Reviews for Matsuzaka

  • Jasmine Jasmine

    Cook and eat Japanese style breakfast in Asakusa

    Cook and eat Japanese style breakfast in Asakusa We took Matsu-san's class on a whim, and it ended up becoming one of our favorite experiences while we were in Japan! We met at 9 AM and concluded the class around 11:30 AM after we ate breakfast. Being taught how to cook a traditional Japanese breakfast was a great way to conclude our trip.

    We met in front of hotel (about a 12 minute walk from our hotel) near his apartment, which was right around the corner. He welcomed us inside his apartment and gave us a tour.

    To start the "Breakfast in Asakusa" experience, we made origami name tags. It was a fun, yet educational ice breaker. He was very patient, helpful, and encouraging. Some of the origami folds were hard!

    We had the choice of wearing two different aprons (I opted for the regular one while my fiance chose the traditional one. Once we added our name tags to the apron, we were ready to get started!

    The cooking portion was wonderful. We had discussed prior what we wanted to cook, and he took our suggestions into consideration. Our menu included miso soup, tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled egg), grilled saury, boiled leafy greens, and onigiri. He even served us natto, which I told him I wanted to try.

    Matsu-san and his friend who came to assist, talked and demonstrated every step of the cooking process. I liked how they let us learn hands-on, too. We cut all the vegetables, mixed sauces, prepped the saury in aluminum foil to bake, washed the rice, filled and packed the onigiri, and even rolled the tamagoyaki. The tamagoyaki was the hardest part (trying to roll and flip at the same time isn't as easy as it sounds, nor is it as easy as Matsu-san makes it seem), but they were encouraging and very supportive even if the omelettes weren't pretty!

    The table set with the fruits of our labor, we were finally ready to eat. Matsu-san let us pick cute chopstick rests to use and taught us to say, "Itadakimasu!" The food was delicious! It was one of our favorite meals in Japan. While we ate, he asked us about our experience in Japan, places we visited, and what else was left in our itinerary. We also chatted about our lives and what we did back home. It was such a pleasant conversation.

    After we ate, he gave us a packet with instructions on how to cook all of the dishes. We were excited to receive it!

    At the end of class, we said our goodbyes to his friend and thanked them for a wonderful meal. He walked us outside and gave us directions to get to our next route. We left the experience smiling and craving more traditional Japanese food! Highly recommend Matsu-san's class! We're looking forward to booking another experience with him.

    Some things to note before you book:
    - If you are camera-shy, he does snap photos of you while you cook. He sends them to you after the class is over, which I greatly appreciated!

    - He wasn't 100% fluent in English, but it was easy to understand him!

    - He told us about a shopping street nearby where you can buy kitchenware similar to what was used during the class. We didn't have time to check out the shopping street, so if you're interested make sure you set time aside to see it!

  • ChinYu ChinYu

    Cook and eat Japanese style breakfast in Asakusa

    Cook and eat Japanese style breakfast in Asakusa We are a family of three. We spent a wonderful morning with Matsu-san, making and tasting Japanese everyday food. We learnt a lot and had great fun. Highly recommended. 👍

  • Sarah Sarah

    Cook and eat Japanese style breakfast in Asakusa

    Cook and eat Japanese style breakfast in Asakusa Matsu san met me at my hotel and walked me to his apartment for my "Breakfast in Asakusa." Matsu san and his son made me feel very welcome in their modern Japanese apartment. I felt more like an honored guest than a customer. I learned how to make tamagoyaki correctly. Also, as the only guest that morning, I was able to follow what was going on in the kitchen easily. Seeing dashi made is much clearer than a recipe. You get full instructions and recipes. And if his son is there he will be the one to show you how to make an origami name-tag! It was a wonderful experience. Arigatou Matsu san!

  • selim selim

    Cook and eat Japanese style breakfast in Asakusa

    Cook and eat Japanese style breakfast in Asakusa Lovely Experience. It could not have been better. Matsu-San has been a great sensei, very patient and we thank you for that and your kindness. Thank you vm Matsu-San for this wonderful Breakfast and for the lovely Musical show performed right after. Just an amazing Souvenir.

  • Thomas Thomas

    Cook and eat Japanese style breakfast in Asakusa

    Cook and eat Japanese style breakfast in Asakusa This experience was an absolute highlight of our trip to Tokyo! When we arrived at the lovely flat in Asakusa, we first had tea together in a lovely traditional japanese-style room with Tatami mats. Our friendly host, Akinori, then informed us about the great menu he had prepared for us and answered all the questions we had. Cooking with Akinori was very well structured, informative and fun. After first showing us what we had to do, he offered and encouraged us try every cooking step on our own. We also enjoyed cooking with Chopsticks, as we had never tried this before. When we had finished cooking, we sat down together and enjoyed our many tasty creations - it was so delicious! We especially enjoyed the Onigiri (filled rice balls), Tamagoyake (japanese omlette), Karagaake (japanese fried chicken) and misoshiru (miso soup). During our entire stay, we were really exited about how happy and motivated Akinori was to give us insights into the japanese cuisine and culture! We can wholeheartedly recommend booking this experience and want to say thank you again for the great time we had!

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