Food can be one of the best descriptors of a culture...as I travel in and out of various places, sightseeing and camera snapping, it is often difficult to capture a little deeper insight into the culture of the people. Taro's cooking class provided the only real cultural experience I had while in Kyoto. What a privilege it was to be able to meet his family and gain a better understanding of why they eat what they do. Taro very patiently answered all of our questions and gave us a wonderful cultural introduction to Japan. On top of that, I've never been a big fan of Japanese food - sushi or meat are generally the only things I will buy at a Japanese restaurant. That has all changed now, and my eyes have truly been opened to a variety of beautiful and healthy vegetarian cooking styles. Making the homemade Tofu was definitely the biggest privilege, and I plan to make it regularly at home; I highly recommend you ask for that in your class. As most people have noted, this is one of those special opportunities for any visit to Japan, that will be the one thing you will remember most. I thank Taro and his lovely family for welcoming us. They seem to really love teaching, and we all benefit from their kindness. I will be sure to book again on my next visit to Kyoto!
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