Hello, I am Junko, the founder of Living With Accents.
Growing up in Tokyo, Japan, I always enjoyed cooking. My favorite dishes were always the ones my mother made. As a young girl, I loved to cook without a recipe (and I still do): I called it "exploring my own recipes" and my little brother was always the guinea pig! Tokyo also exposed me to some of the finest restaurants in the world. As a family, we had our favorite restaurants for sushi, soba noodle, tonkatsu, teppan yaki, kaiseki, and more.
I also attended courses at culinary schools, including Culinary Institute of America. Some of the dishes I enjoy cooking and eating are originated from Middle East, Mexico, Thailand, India, and Japan.
After having lived in the U.S.A. for over 20 years, I had an opportunity to go back to Tokyo as my husband's work relocated us in 2010. There I taught Japanese home cooking to the expat community, and North American cooking to Japanese ladies for about 4 years. I had a chance to meet over 300 people in my kitchen during our stay in Tokyo.
Then, we made our new home in Hong Kong in the summer of 2014; I held various cooking classes for the multicultural community in Hong Kong. I also had several opportunities to teach classes, including napkin workshops, table decorating, and raw food cooking, at an exclusive social club in Shen Zhen, China.
Now we are back in Southern California, I am ready to share my culinary experiences from around the world. My cooking style is simple, healthy and elegant. I look forward to meeting you soon!