One of my friends from Toronto came to Tokyo!!
He came to visit me and did Udon making + Calligraphy class at Wakalture:)
At first, I took him to Kanda myojin shrine with my parents as hatsumode, the first visit to a shrine.
Many Japanese people visit a Shinto shrine during the first three days of January in order to make traditional New Year’s wishes for health and happiness. So there was a looooong line.
We waited about 30 minutes.
Another shrine, Yushima tenmangu shrine is closer to Wakalture.
So I can see the line to the shrine from my place every year…!! They have to wait more than 1 hour.
We enjoyed a monkey was performing at Kanda myojin shrine too!!
Then we went back to my place, Wakalture Experience to enjoy making Udon and Calligraphy:)
After we mixed all ingredients and knead, he tried Japanese Calligraphy.
He picked a word 山海 “mountain and sea” as his home town is located at between mountain and sea.
For Calligraphy, you need patient to write. I always tell my students that write slower than you think.
As he is a chef, he is good at working speedy so he struggled writing with a brush slowly.
Also Balance is very important to write Kanji looks beautiful.
The balance of 海 sea is quite difficult.
At the end, he succeeded to make this!!
When we finished Calligraphy, Udon dough was ready to cut:)
As I mentioned he is a chef, he was really good at cutting Udon!!
Most people struggle to use the wood board.
But he’s learnt quickly the techniques from me:)
He finally enjoyed the Udon noodle he made:D
Thank you for coming to Wakalture!!