Along with our own personal passion for bringing people together over a shared meal, we are also committed to creating a community of individuals who share our passion for Japanese food, drink and traditions. Below is a list of people who bring their own special expertise to our Kokoro Community:


ABC Cooking Travel (Tokyo, Japan)

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ABC Cooking Travel is a group company of the largest Japan cooking school with over 140 studios that provide travelers with cooking experiences. Since being established in 2016, more than 4000 people from all over the world have joined our tour and cooking lessons. Our vision is to help travelers have a variety of outstanding experiences.


ckbk is the ultimate digital subscription service for cooks. They bring together recommendations from hundreds of world-class chefs and food writers while also sharing the best classic and contemporary cookbooks from the UK, USA and beyond. Many of these books have never before been available in digital form and unlike other sites, subscribers get unlimited access to the complete content of every book. Visit ckbk to get a 25% discount on the ckbk Premium Membership and to find inspiring recipes to make the most of the Japanese ingredients in your latest Care Package!

Kayoko Abe: SAKÉ MU.GEN (Washington DC)

Kayoko Abe:  SAKÉ MU.GEN (Washington DC) Kayoko Abe:  SAKÉ MU.GEN (Washington DC)

SAKÉ MU.GEN is a Washington, DC-based sake and alcohol consulting firm. Their mission is to bring this unique beverage to the world while respecting Japan's sake/alcohol makers and the US.

Kayoko Abe is the Founder and President of SAKÉ MU.GEN. Her family owns a Japanese confectionary company with Edo-era roots, giving her a wealth of knowledge in food and tastes. Many renowned Japanese restaurants and food industry experts have praised her "perfect pitch foodie."  Her "food ambassador skills" make her a valuable "connector" for international food/beverage business development.

Instagram/Facebook: @sakemugen

Marc Matsumoto: Bento Expo & No Recipes (Tokyo, Japan and online)

Marc Matsumoto is a private chef, television host, and food & beverage consultant based in Tokyo, Japan. With clients ranging from restaurants to royalty, Marc brings his unique brand of modern Japanese cuisine to dining rooms around the world. When he's not on the road, Marc hosts NHK World's Bento Expo, introducing the world to the delightful art of Japanese bento box lunches. He also publishes the food blog No Recipes, where he teaches every day cooks how to elevate their meals using easy to follow techniques. Despite the name, the site has over 1000 detailed recipes with step by step photos, including a wide selection of Japanese dishes
Instagram: @norecipes

Mayuko's Little Kitchen (Tokyo, Japan)

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Mayuko's class is well suited for people who would like to enjoy local Japanese culture and a homestyle Japanese meal cooked in an actual Japanese home. It's an entirely different experience from a "studio-type" cooking class, and we are sure you will enjoy the personal attention.
Mayuko's Little Kitchen has won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for each of the past three years, awarded to only the top 10% of service providers. She was chosen as one of the TOP 10 activities in all of Japan ("Foreign visitors' favorite experiences/tours in Japan 2018" on Trip Advisor). Her cooking class has also been featured on national TV programs.

Miwa's Japanese Cooking Class (Tokyo, Japan)

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Miwa was born in Kamakura. She spent one year in Texas, US and another year in California, US during high-school and university respectively. In 2016, due to her husband, Yuki’s study abroad, she spent one year in Cambridge, UK where she came up with the original idea of Japanese Cooking Class in Shinagawa & Kamakura. She is currently teaching at the biggest cooking studio in Japan while holding a class at home.  She is the mother of two and a full-time worker. Always busy her food is not for tourists but for the taste of a Japanese mother.(See her Instagram for food pictures). If you want to know the a well-balanced, time-saving and delicious Japanese family cuisine, please join her lesson!

Qualification; Medicinal cooking.

Miwa's Japanese Cooking Class Recipes
Best classes and workshops in Shinagawa prefecture on Tripadviser (2010/06/18)
Youtube: Miwa's Japanese Kitchen
Instagram: @miwajapanesecookingclass

Japanese Cooking Club (by Pat Tokuyama, Pharm. D., BCPS) (Online)

Japanese Cooking Club (by Pat Tokuyama, Pharm. D., BCPS) (Online)

Pat is the founder of All day I eat like a shark blog, Japanese tofu cookbook author, and creator of several online cooking programs. He enjoys bringing people of different backgrounds together with Japanese food. And that’s one reason he founded the Japanese Cooking Club! A new community focused on plant based Japanese food, where like-minded people can go to for support and connect with each other while having a fun time cooking! This Club is but one way that he helps to empower people to take more control and responsibility for their lives, while also combining two of his passions – food and helping people learn, grow and ensure their longevity!

Japanese Cooking Studio -WA- (Hyogo, Japan)

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Saeko runs her own cooking studio in Nishinomiya, where is a city between Osaka and Kobe since 2018, and work as a professional food stylist and a recipe creator. She was born and raised in Osaka, and used to work as a Japanese chef in Denmark for a year. Living abroad, she got to experience cooking for local customers and teaching her foreign friends how to cook Japanese foods. She really enjoyed cultural exchange through the cooking. And, the experience made her decide to open her own cooking studio for foreign customers after going back to Japan. She is really passionate about exploring or discovering food and learning the ways of cooking and communicate with everyone from all over the world! (Online) is a blog that highlights and empowers the Japanese American community and Japanese-centric businesses on the West Coast which is done through the education and promotion of the food, and most importantly, the culture.
OIshii-Desu was established on April 2016 and is currently one of the highest-trafficked blogs for Japanese food and culture in the United States.

Washocook (throughout Japan)

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Noriko was inspired to share her culture and cuisine after an incredible experience she had cooking and eating with a local family living in rural New Zealand, where they use a boat regularly to get around. On her return to Japan, she began "Washocook Co.,Ltd"  which introduce Japanese cuisine the sole objective of sharing authentic Japanese food and culture with the world. She specializes not only in traditional cuisine like washoku gozen, seasonal and authentic Japanese dishes but also in showcasing modern trends that Japanese housewives’ use in their everyday cooking. Her specialty is ‘kyara-ben’, a character bento box in which she arranges food in elaborate styles to look like popular characters, people and animals. Her recipes are all about balance in flavor, nutrients and colors so your Japanese bento/gozen will be a treat for your eyes and taste buds. Noriko speaks impeccable English and is happy to share stories about food and culture in Japan over lunch.

Cooking with Yoshiko (Sydney, Australia)

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Cooking with Yoshiko
is all about eating for health, energy and beauty, creating delicious and healthy meals rather than those boring versions. Yoshiko is from Japan, a chef, author of 3 cookbooks, certified health coach and has over 20 year’s experience teaching cooking both in Japan and Australia. With Yoshiko, you will learn only healthy, TASTY & EASY recipes so you can sustain your healthy eating in a way that is sustainable. These healthy Japanese cooking classes in Sydney have been featured in several national TV programs, newspapers and magazines, including “The Biggest Loser
Find out about the range of ways you can learn from Yoshiko’scooking classes,online course and cookbooks (Cooking With Soy,Japanese Superfoods andTop 3 Japanese superfoods for natural weight loss): from Japanese basics to simple Western style cooking using Japanese superfoods – the true (and largely unknown) key to Japanese health.

YUCa’s Japanese Cooking (Tokyo, Japan) 

 YUC's Japanese Cooking Class in Tokyo, Japan YUC's Japanese Cooking Class in Tokyo, Japan YUC's Japanese Cooking Class in Tokyo, Japan

YUCa offers a variety of simple yet delicious hands-on Japanese cooking classes in a home kitchen in central Tokyo. You will learn traditional Japanese cooking methods using healthy recipes designed to be easy enough to recreate in your own home. Her mission is to connect Japan and overseas countries through Japanese food and lifestyle. Her classes have been awarded The BEST Cooking class & Workshop in Japan by International travelers 2018 (by TripAdvisor) and The Top3 Activity and tours in Japan by International travelers 2018 (by TripAdvisor)


Exploring the World of Japanese Craft Saké

By Nancy Matsumoto & Michael Tremblay; Forward by John Gauntner


Exploring the World of Japanese Craft Saké is a rice-paddy-to-glass journey through one year of saké-brewing in Japan, and an essential guide to this ancient beverage.Whether you are a saké newcomer or an experienced connoisseur, this fascinating book offers deepinsights, practical tips, and rich stories about an increasingly popular global beverage.

Authors Nancy Matsumoto and Michael Tremblay visited 35 artisanal saké breweries in Japan, the US, and Canada to interview makers and document every stage of the saké-brewing process. Nancy's celebrated reportorial skills combined with Michael's background as a saké sommelier and educator provide the perfect pairing for this engaging and informative look at the history, traditions, and culture that infuse the “liquid essence of  the nation,” as well as the tectonic shifts underway in the contemporary world of saké.

Japanese Green Tea Company (Delivers to US & Canada)

Japanese Green Tea Company Japanese Green Tea Company

Japanese Green Tea Company sells authentic, healthy Japanese Matcha & Green Tea harvested from sugarcane soil. In addition to the Global Tea Championship, their tea won the Japanese National Tea Award in 1974, 1975, 1979 and 2010.

Chado Tea House (Delivers to US & Canada)

 Chado Tea House - Buy Matcha, Gyokuro & Organic Sencha Green Teas Chado Tea House - Buy Matcha, Gyokuro & Organic Sencha Green Teas Chado Tea House - Buy Matcha, Gyokuro & Organic Sencha Green Teas


We established Chado Tea House in 2005 as a place to get high-quality, traditional Japanese Teas in British Columbia, Canada. We are single-minded in our desire to provide quality products and services that will meet your highest expectations. We are proud of the Japanese Teas we sell and work to ensure you can buy with confidence. Our online store is now visited by tea connoisseurs throughout North America looking for a large selection of Japanese teas ranging from everyday favorites to superlative grades for special occasions. Use discount code KOKOCHADO for a 15% discount off your first purchase at


Arigato Japan

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Arigato Japan is a Culinary Tourism company and their goal is to help visitors make delicious and unique memories during their trip. They offer more than 30 food tours in Japan’s top destinations (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima and near Mt. Fuji), Online and Virtual Experiences, Consulting services and provide private and customized luxury services for VIP clients. Arigato Japan believes the best way to understand a culture is through the food. The delicious dishes this country has to offer are the perfect gateway to introduce guests to everything that is great about Japan. Their local guides will bring you on 3-hour authentic experiences that you will never forget! Find more on their website:


Japan byFood

ByFood offers unique food experiences in Japan by connecting travelers with local small businesses. These memorable hands-on experiences include cooking classes, food tours, and tastings, all of which celebrate the true authentic flavors of Japan while supporting and preserving regional traditions. They also provide insightful cross-cultural articles and videos that will help you get the most out of your time in Japan. 

Zen Eating

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Zen Eating provides meditative eating practices through food and is inspired by Japanese Zen Buddhism. Various companies such as Google, McKinsey & Company, and Accenture  have experienced this program and it’s been taught at various conferences. The founder, Momoe Nishimura, has helped over 1600 people from 30 countries, and studied Zen and Japanese culture at university.

Website and to book a private group session:
FB, IG, TW, Insight Timer: @zeneatingmomo
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