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Cooking Sun
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Japanese cooking school for travellers in Kyoto
Japanese cooking school for travellers in Kyoto

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Cooking Sunでは外国人観光客向けの日本料理教室のインストラクター(パート社員)を募集しています。
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After Fushimi Inari and Kinkaku Temple, cooking class is the No.3 popular thing to do in Kyoto, according to TripAdvisor.
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Cooking Sun was featured in NHK (Japanese national broadcast)'s New Year TV program, in which popular places to visit in Kyoto were introduces. We were fortunately selected as one of them.
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Our customers often have been to cooking classes in different countries. Going to cooking class when you travel has been becoming a trend in some countries, which is in a large context of more experiences and activities than shopping and luxury hotels. At Cooking Sun, most of our guests are from North America, Australia & New Zealand, and Europe. Occasionally from Hong Kong too. Particularly guests come from United States and Australia.

Apparently cooking has become a part of their culture, so there are so many TV shows and there are many celebrity chefs in these countries. Even here in Japan, Jamie Oliver is well known and you can watch Gordon Ramsay's TV show.

We also sometimes welcome guests from the Netherlands and Switzerland, though in terms of population they are not as large as other countries, but they are rich countries so they probably travel more often than people in other countries, and they are more interested in learning culture by hands-on activities such as cooking class. Thank you!

Take today's guest from Gold Coast as an example. They've been to the one in Hoi An, Vietnam and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They've also been to a local one in Brisbane as well. (By the way, one of their favourite foods in Japan is the triangle rice ball (called Onigiri) in convenience stores. Cooked tuna, raw salmon, and kewpie mayonnaise are their favourite.

If you've done cooking classes in other countries and thinking about trying one in Japan as well, please join our cooking class in Kyoto!
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Winter is a quiet season for tourism in Kyoto. Firstly it's simply not a holiday season for many countries and even if they come to Japan, many people would rather choose places where snows such as Hokkaido and Nagano. Many customers at Cooking Sun have been or will be going to ski resorts like Niseko, Hakuba and Nozawa Onsen.

Today's guests from Australia have also been to Nozawa Onsen before they come to Kyoto. They stayed at the ski resort for 6 days. According to them, they stayed at lodging and the experience (ski, lots of onsen, food) was excellent. They chose Nozawa Onsen because travel agency recommended Niseko and Hakuba, and they simply wanted to experience that the majority does not choose to. When it comes to international travel, I think everyone is the same that they think they want to experience something very local and personal, something other people do not experience.

So they were brave enough to experience winter in Kyoto, something the majority do not choose to do, and they were again very good at researching what's happening in this temple town. They found out that February 3rd is a ritual day called Setsubun, the day we get rid of misfortune and welcome spring, and a special event was held in Yoshida shrine, near University of Kyoto.

Usually, people bring papers and other personal belongings and finally they are burned in a bonfire, but somehow they were just collected in a bonfire and they were not burned. According to them, all foreigners who dared to see the event in a cold weather were wondering why they were not burned.

But this morning, they checked by Google (how curious!), and they knew why. From this year, the city government changed regulation about the price of throwing away ashes, and the shrine had to pay a lot more of money to clean up the ashes after burning the stuff. So they decided just to collect the papers and not to burn it.

Traditional event could not win huge public deficit this country burdens.. haha. Hopefully it gets back to normal style next year.
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Everyone knows referral or word of mouth is so important in every business, and no surprise, it also applies to a small business like Cooking Sun. Today we had guests from Australia, but they did not happen to find us.

I (Shohei, manager) used to play Australian Football in both Australia and Japan, and I made a lot of friends through the sport. One friend I had in Tokyo when I was in my twenties is a gentleman from Canberra. He used to work in Japan for a few years and now he lives in another country. It was more than 5 years ago and I do not even remember the last time we met, but we are still connected on Facebook (I have not seen his post, and I think it is most likely the case otherwise as I rarely post...)

However, today's guest is his colleague, which I already knew because she mentioned in her message when she booked, and according to what she said, she heard about us from him!

It's amazing to realise how small the world is, and in fact today is not the only time we had customer from referral/word of mouth. We had a lovely family of parents and 3 lovely children from New York at the end of last year, and they heard about us from guests who came in August. We had 2 American gentlemen who met our customers in Sapporo and heard about us. We had a French lady who met our customer from Montreal, Canada, in Hiroshima, etc, etc. Although we had only been in business for 10 months, we had quite a few customers from referrals.

It's such a honour to have this recommendation as one of the things to do while in Japan. And because we know people talk about us if we do a very good job (or probably the opposite), it motivates us to deliver our best every time we welcome our guests.
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Cooking Japanese in the last day in Kyoto (interview with customer)
Posted on February 4, 2015 

Cooking Sun: Where are you from?
Today’s chef: I’m from Perth, Australia.

Cooking Sun: Where have you been?
Today’s chef: I’ve been to Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. Today is my last day in Kyoto and I head off to Sapporo for a few days before I go home.

Cooking Sun: What did you enjoy in Tokyo?
Today’s chef: I went to Odaiba and did some shopping. I also enjoyed Toyota’s car theme park (Mega Web). I also went to Shinjuku, Asakusa, Akihabara and some other areas and they were all good. A bit disappointing was I went to some museums on Monday, and they were both closed…

Cooking Sun: So, do you go skiing to Sapporo?
Today’s chef: No not this time. Not enough time. But in fact I may come back very soon, and if that happens, only for skiing. Probably Niseko. The snow is much better in Japan!

Cooking Sun: Did you try Kobe beef?
Today’s chef: Yes I did! It was amazing. I tried at Shinagawa Prince Hotel, teppanyaki course. I did not eat much. It’s really rich so I wanted to taste it. I had it without any seasonings and it was great.

Cooking Sun: Do you like fish?
Today’s chef: Yes I like tuna, mackerel, salmon.Boiled prone is also ok. I do not really like eating raw conger eel because of its soft texture.

Cooking Sun: Which meal did you enjoy the most?
Today’s chef: I think I enjoyed the meal at Shinagawa Prince Hotel (Steak house Katsura). But I like going into small restaurants where there are many local people. If locals go, that restaurant must be good.
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Cooking Sun appears on local newspaper Kyoto Shimbun (May 1, 22nd page) 5月1日の京都新聞にCooking Sunの記事が載りました
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