Tokyo Cooking Class
Totoro Charaben (Bento Box)

Bento   Meguro Tokyo


Pick Up


4 hours

Max 4 guests

Market Visiting

Cooking Class Menu

- Totoro charaben [ hands-on ]

- Tamagoyaki [ hands-on ]
Japanese omelet

- Nikumaki [ hands-on ]
pork/beef and vegetable rolls

- Miso soup [ demo ]

- Dessert
Japanese sweets of the day

- Japanese green tea

* You can get free refills on Japanese sake, beer, wine and soft drink during the lesson :)
* Menus are subject to change based on the availability of items in the market.

  • Miso Soup

    Miso Soup

    Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup. It's base is "dashi" (Japanese fish stock) and Miso paste. Common added ingredients are Tofu, Green onion and deep‐fried tofu but differs by personal preference. The type of miso is different from region. In western and Easter Japan white miso is mostly used.

  • Sake


    Japanese popular alcoholic drink must be Sake, or called Nihonshu, made from fermented rice. The foundation of good sake is quality rice, clean water, koji mold and yeast. Premium sake differentiates itself in quality of ingredients and production process, so that flavors ranges light and crisp to richer, fruity notes.

  • Green Tea

    Green Tea

    The astringent constituent in Japanese tea is a type of polyphenol called catechin. Japan has done a great deal with the humble tea leaf. For example some benefits of the catechin in the tea leaf can lower cholesterol in some cases. Roasted over charcoal at a high temperature and grown under shade for at least 20 days are one of the examples. The most popular Japanese tea might be ryokucha. Depending on the timing of picking the leaves, the grade, the price can be noticeably different.

Cooking Class Information

Let’s try making Totoro from Ghibli!

‘Charaben’, short for Character Bento, is bento (lunchbox) where the food is arranged and decorated to look like popular characters, animals, and etc. It was born from Japanese mothers’ desire to get their picky children to enjoy and eat their lunch.

Now it is a boom and you can find lots of recipe books and tools to make charaben easy. Many Japanese people are posting pictures of their great works on SNS. As a result, charaben became popular in the world too! ​

In this lesson, we will make Totoro from Ghibli while you learn decoration tips (heart-shaped omelet, sausage flower & apple rabbit) and all you need to know about bento making!
We will make at least three side dishes and miso soup from scratch.

There are so many tools and accessories available for you to use in bento making. We can also show you the recommended tools and accessories that you can purchase at 100 yen shop!

About Host

Hi! I'm Junko! With my good foodie friend, Eiko, we offer authentic Japanese home cooking classes with a laid back feeling as if you are preparing a home party.
Most of our recipes require no special ingredients nor unusual equipment. I try my best to provide recipes that use ingredients that can be found at ordinary supermarkets overseas.
The menus in the classes reflect authentic Japanese home cooking, which I learned from my mother and my grandmother. We eat a lot of healthy meals using a variety of seasonal ingredients in Japan. I love to share the healthy dishes I cook daily. There are so many Japanese dishes and cultures that are not well known outside of Japan and I’m happy to introduce them to you!
The happy smiles of our guests are the biggest treat for us. We will welcome you to our kitchen with all our hearts :)


The closest station

Ebisu Station

How to get to the station?

From Shibuya Station: 5mins

Free pick up service

This host can pick up you for free from the closest station!

Exact location provided after booking.

FAQ about Totoro Charaben (Bento Box) | Cooking class by Junko

  • How to get to the place where Totoro Charaben (Bento Box) being held?

    Please go to Ebisu Station which takes 5 mins from Shibuya Station. Then Junko (host) will pick you up there!

  • What is the maximum capacity of Junko's cooking class?

    Up to 4 people can join Junko's cooking class.

  • How much does it cost to join Totoro Charaben (Bento Box)?

    It costs 7700 per person.

  • Is Totoro Charaben (Bento Box) available for vegetarians?

    Yes, Totoro Charaben (Bento Box) has a vegetarian option.

  • How long is this cooking class by Junko?

    Duration of this cooking class is 4 hours.

Additional cooking class information

  • Confirmation

    You will receive the confirmation within 24 hours.

  • Payment

    We accepts these cards on airKitchen.

  • Cancellation

    Cancellations up to 48 hours prior to the class begins will be fully refunded by the airKitchen cancellation policy.

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