Mastering ramen.
May 26, 2012 9:23 AM   Subscribe

Find me a month-long cooking class in Japan.

I want to travel to Japan for a month. Instead of the usual tourist wandering, I'd like to focus on developing a new skill. Namely, cooking.

Is anyone familiar with cooking classes somewhere in Japan? I'd be ok with a month-long deep exploration of just ramen, or something with a little more variety. Timing is flexible. And language... well, English would help. If there's a great non-english option I might be able to make that work too.

posted by graphtheory to Travel & Transportation around Japan (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A month is probably way beyond the length of time for most courses available in English for tourists (though who knows what you could arrange with a local ramen place?). Perhaps a couple three/four-day courses?
posted by mdonley at 10:03 AM on May 26, 2012

I'm not a huge fan of most group cooking classes, especially ones abroad for Americans. Like tour groups, they're geared to the common denominator, rarely justify their high price, and offer only a faint whiff of real local soul.

If you're clever and persistent about it, you can network toward some excellent home cooking grandma or noodle shop to apprentice with. Less glamorous, less purely didactic, but I'd bet anything you'd come back with a better touch for cooking this stuff.
posted by Quisp Lover at 12:04 PM on May 26, 2012

Tsukiji Soba Academy

I swear when I last looked at this (like a year ago) the classes were for a span of a month. Now it looks like the most is 10 days but I thought it was worth mentioning..
posted by spec80 at 2:51 PM on May 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

How much are you willing to pay? Is ramen what you are most interested in?
posted by Infernarl at 4:57 PM on May 26, 2012

Japanese food and culinary culture, a four week program

ABC Cooking studio has one day classes in English, but you could email them and find out what else they offer.
posted by betweenthebars at 8:45 PM on May 26, 2012

Try WAK (Women's Association Kyoto) -- they have cooking amongst other things!
posted by Ms. Moonlight at 2:21 AM on May 27, 2012

You should get in touch with Keizo at He's an award-winning American ramen chef in Tokyo. Tell him I sent you.
posted by gen at 9:00 AM on June 1, 2012

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