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8月 23, 2017 0

Hawaiian Family


This great family came to Wakalture for Udon making and Origami class from Hawaii:D

Their daughter, she is only 11 years old but very talented:)
She knows how to fold some of Origami already and is good at cooking!!
She rolled and cut the Udon noodles by herself almost all!!

What made me happy the most is that they’ve sent me photos from Hawaii.
They made Udon noodle at home again and show me!!:D


The reason I picked Udon noodle for Wakalture’s activity is that it’s easy to make after returning home!! So happy they made it again:D

Here is the review they left for me:)
We talked about Japanese culture I’m glad they still remember!!

“Authentic Udon making and Origami”

While looking for fun and interesting things for my family to do I came across Hub Japan. Hub Japan has locals that want to share the “real” Japan with vistors. this where I found Wakana. Her business Wakalutre, teaches you the authentic way to make udon noodles. Being we had a 11 year old with us it sounded like something exciting and different to do. She loves to cook and when I found that you need to use your feet to knead the udon made it all the more fun. 

Wakana is very pleasant, speaks English well, entertaining and overall easy to talk with. I felt like we were talking to old friend, not someone we just met.

Wakalture is in a residential neighborhood, away from the busy city. It is a short walk from the Okachimachi Station. Google maps takes you right there. 

During the time that we had to let the udon set she taught us how to make various origami pieces. After she cooked the udon we got to eat our creation! She not only just served us the food but explained the reasoning for placing the zaru (bamboo plate) and hashi (chopsticks) a certain way. You even get the recipe so that you can make it at home. My daughter has made it already and it came out great, not mention fun to do. 

After a few hectic days all around Tokyo, it was nice way to relax for 3 hours. Go and visit Wakalture, I’m glad we did.

 
Thank you for choosing and coming to Wakalture!!
7月 21, 2017 0

My first Calligraphy student from German


He’s left Japan already but he was learning Shodo (Japanese Calliraphy) from me these few months.


He first came to Wakalture with his parents and did Beginners Calligraphy.
He’s lived in Tokyo for studying and his parents was visiting him:)
Then he decided to take my lesson once a week!!

Calligraphy is not something like you can get well in a few days. I always explain learning Calligraphy never ends.
So leaning Calligraphy for few months isn’t enough at all. He always said that he understood what I meant but he couldn’t do it. It’s so true!! Even though you know how it should be/ how you should write but you can’t make it if you don’t have enough skills.
However I saw he was certainly improving!! I was sad he’s gained his skills but he was leaving Japan then won’t have time to practice. He won’t lose all the skills but he will do some for sure. I know it as I felt after I came back from Australia and Toronto staying about a year each then didn’t practice Calligraphy.


Anyway!! I’m just glad I could help him to improve his Calligraphy skills:)
And I hope he comes back to Japan in 2 years (it’s his plan!) then see him again!!

At the last lesson, I gave him a present.

Fuku kumo no gotoshi… Fuku is happiness and good luck. Kumo means cloud. I picked this word  as I hope his new life will be lots of happiness like cloud:)

福如雲(福雲の如し)雲のように福が広がっている様。
初めての外国人生徒が日本を離れることになったので、この字をプレゼントしました。
彼の新しい生活にも、雲のようにたくさんの福が訪れますように!
7月 17, 2017 0

Advanced Calligraphy course

As I have over 22 years of experience and license to teach Japanese Calligraphy, I’ve made an activity “Advanced Calligraphy”.
Another one, “Beginners Calligraphy” is only for experience to just try one of traditional Japanese cultures.

At this Advanced course, I teach more skills and techniques. 

This is for people who…
would like to know Japanese Calligraphy deeply
would like to start to learn Japanese Calligraphy
has experienced Japanese Calligraphy somewhere already
learns Japanese Calligraphy


As she is into arts, she decided to make this day “art day”.
Wakalture is close to Ueno where has many museums.

I also prepared her own Calligraphy tools such as brush, ink, ink stone etc… as she wanted to buy:)

The end of the course, she asked me if she could come back the next day!!
I was so impressed and happy as this meant she liked, enjoyed it. And she though it was worthy:)
Fortunately, I was available in the morning. So she could come back to learn more!!

At the first day, we went for lunch together after the lesson.
We had tempura soba at a local soba restaurant.
The owners are actually my friend’s parents from elementary school !!lol

Wakalture’s activities
http://www.wakalture.com/activities/

This is her review on Trip advisor:)
“A must-do to experience in Japanese culture”
Add Wakalture to the top of your list. I signed up for one two-hour class. I enjoyed it so much that I took another class the next day. I suggest spending a couple hours with Wakana and then walking nearby to some of Tokyo’s popular attractions. 

Pros:
– Learning Shodo art and being introduced to Japanese language.
– Opportunity to experience Japanese culture outside of hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions.
– Her studio is located in a residential area that is less touristy and more traditional. She is located among family-owned shops and restaurants. 
– I walked to Ueno Park. It has a huge pond, places to sit, a market, museums, and shrines.
– Wakana is patient, friendly, speaks English well, and treated me like a good friend. 

Cons:
– I was commuting from Yokohoma, and the subway ride took an hour and a half each way. If I had I been staying in Tokyo, Wakana’s studio would have been quick and easy. She is located near several subway stations.

Visited June 2017
6月 22, 2017 0

Full day of Japanese experience!!

This awesome family from Australia came to Wakalture for the beginners Calligraphy (Shodo) class in the morning then Tea ceremony class in the afternoon!!

The guy, Matt, he message me through Wakalture’s Instagram:)
And decided to take the classes!!

They picked their own favorite word. 
They wrote 双子(futago) which means twins:) Yes, they’re twins!!
First time to have twin guests:D

Next to them, she wrote 家(ie) which means home. She wanted to write family(家族) but it’s a bit too difficult so picked 家:)
Matt picked a perfect word “journey” 旅(tabi).
On the left of Matt, she wrote SUSHI(鮨):D!!
On the right of Matt, she is Japanese who lives in Australia then picked the word 豪 which means Australia:)

After they had lunch, I took them to the place for Tea ceremony.
It’s just 5 minutes away:)
First, they were served Matcha green tea with this Japanese sweets, Nerikiri.
This shows Japanese seasons. So this is a rose and it was the season for rose in Japan.
In March, other guests had cherry blossoms sweets *not taste just looking!
 
Very nice to drink bitter tea after tasting the sweet rose:)
Then, they made their own Matcha green tea and served their family!!

She (on the left) was impressed that her daughter made it for her:)
I spent only a half day but it was enough to see how great family they are!!

Bisui sensei (Tea ceremony teacher) gave a chance to wear Kimono too:)
 
Her birthday was just around the corner and she wished to wear Kimono so it was a perfect present for her!!
I saw she was almost crying…!!;) She looked super happy!!

They are family but live different parts of Australia. Then planed to get all together here in Japan!! How cool is that:D I’m glad we could show them our culture:)

4月 03, 2017 0

Cherry blossoms!!!!!


Finally sakura (cherry blossom) season has come!! It took longer time this year though. We love sakura and hanami so much!!

Hanami is a typical way that Japanese people enjoy sakura. We sit under cherry tree then eat and drink:D Even though it’s too cold for doing hanami at night, it doesn’t matter. They just do it. People are crazy about hanami lol
I went to Ueno park few days ago where is only 10 minutes away from Wakalture. Ueno park is one of the most famous places for cherry blossom and hanami!!
Then found this super cute cat on the cherry tree!!!!

She/he was sitting and didn’t move so much but turn her/his face in the back sometimes so that everyone could take photos!!lol Around the cat was like this!!

Soooo many people!!


It’s hard to say when is the best time to see Cherry blossoms as it’s really depending on the weather.
So if you have seen it, you are so lucky!!:)

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