Growing up in Tokyo, Japan, I always enjoyed cooking. My favorite dishes were always the ones my mother made. My mother had gone through Japanese cooking courses (back then it was a proper bride-to-be thing to do!) and she taught me everything I know about Japanese cooking and techniques. As a young girl, I loved to cook without a recipe (I still do the same): 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 from early days. As a family, we had our favorite restaurants for sushi, soba noodle, tonkatsu, teppan yaki, kaiseki, and more.
Having spent last two years of my high school in the U.S.A. as an exchange student living with American families, I was introduced to American style home cooking & baking using different ingredients and techniques.
After graduating from the University of Chicago, I moved into a business world. During that time, I enjoyed entertaining friends in my tiny apartment in New York City. I moved around in the U.S.A. with my jobs and that gave me opportunities to taste many different cuisines from around the world. 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, Thai, India, and Japan.
After having lived for over 20 years in the U.S.A. (and a year in Europe), 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.
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, icluding 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 yet elegant. I look forward to meeting you soon in my kitchen in Pasadena!