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Aya Ito

SAKURA Experience Japanese Culture


Hi, I'm Aya, owner of SAKURA. I was born in Kyoto 1967, and was raised in Kobe. When I was 40 years old I studied business administration at the graduate school and got a master's degree. at least now, I can do the work I wanted to do.

What was your inspiration to get into cooking, food and teaching how to cook?

The Japanese ancient capital Kyoto is a concoction of the modern and the traditional culture with towering skyscrapers that live among historical temples. In our amazing classes, we offer many options for you to explore variety of Japanese cultures. It is very convenient for tourists to be able to experience these various cultures just in one place. My husband is a descendant of [Ihee Ito] who developed a cherry tree "Somei Yoshino". It is the most famous kind of cherry tree in the world. He was a rich trader in the Edo period, and worked for Shogun [House Tokugawa] as an advisor of their garden. Me and my husband are very proud of that.

What excites you the most about your work?

As you know, Kyoto is very famous historical city as world heritage but also the Heart of Japanese culture. People in Kyoto are careful in protecting it's culture. Many tourists come to Kyoto from all over the world, and it is increasing year by year. According to statistics, the number of classes which teaches Japanese culture also continues to increase. But there are also many shops where amateurs can teach you and they only do that for money. I would like to teach you and let you know the right culture of Japan while having fun time with you!

How do you select the menu for you classes?

The criteria we care about when we decide the menu are as follows. 1)To use materials that people can be procured abroad 2) If procurement of materials is difficult, use materials that can be procured by dry matter etc. 3) Do not use artificial additives such as additives and coloring agents 4) Vegan, vegetarian, Halal can also be compatible with the menu 5) Regardless of age or nationality, it is content that can be enjoyed 6) It is a price commensurate with the contents

What do you love the most about cooking?

My pleasure is not only to teach Japanese people, but also to have people of various ages from all over the world know the correct Japanese food culture in Japan, to create special memories in a private space. Food is a must for human beings. My greatest pleasure is let the foreign people to know Japanese culture through our cooking class.

Additional information

We can make arrangement for special request. Please feel free to ask us anything! Come to our place if you come to Kyoto. I am looking forward to seeing you.