Elisa, who is 35, lives in Germany and studied Japanese culture in university. She recently took an airKitchen cooking class and talks about her experience here. Since 2009, she has frequently traveled to Japan to see as many places as she can. For this trip, she started in Fukuoka, went to Yamaguchi, Hagi, Izumo, Matsue, and Tottori, then wrapped up her trip in Osaka.
You can check out Elisa’s blog here!
Why did you want to join the cooking class?
For me Japan is all about experiences. Stumbling into a matsuri I didn’t know about, chatting with a priest at a shrine, taking a bath at a traditional onsen. And of course Japan is a wonderful country for good food. It’s a rare opportunity to visit a local at home to cook together. That’s why I like the idea of airKitchen so much.
Why did you choose the “Japanese tofu dishes cooking class” with airKitchen host Terumi?
I’m vegetarian and the tradition of cooking with tofu is non-existent in my home country. So learning to make tofu and a whole range of dishes that use tofu as an ingredient is something that immediately caught my attention. And I wasn’t disappointed 🙂
What was the highlight of the cooking class?
Overall the cooking class with Terumi was one of the highlights of my Japan trip. I was astonished what kinds of different tofu exist and how much fun it can be to pick tofu skin from a pan on the table.
My personal highlight was that Terumi came from a tea ceremony workshop before picking me up at the train station and wore a beautiful Kimono while we were cooking. Additionally she surprised me with traditional Japanese sweets we prepared ourselves in the shape of purple iris flowers. I couldn’t have wished for a better overall experience than this class.