I love that there are so many “mommy and baby” events in Tokyo. Unfortunately for me, they’re nearly always on a weekday morning. (It took me forever to find a weekend “mommy and baby” swimming class and even then, it’s 40 minutes away).
So, when I had the opportunity to work with Local Bites and participate in one of Tokyo’s toddler-friendly sushi making classes, I jumped at the chance.
I had a fantastic time making temari sushi with Shihomi and Ayumi. They’re the lovely and wonderfully talented (and bilingual!) twin sister chefs of Japan Cross Bridge. Here’s what to expect during your temari sushi class.
Sushi Lovers Unite
Little Kaiju and I met Shihomi and Ayumi at the Central Gate of JR Meguro Station. It wasn’t hard to spot them. After all they’re twins. Plus, they had a sign that said, “SUSHI LOVER?”
Shihomi and Ayumi’s classes are held in their cooking studio, a 5 minute walk from Meguro Station.
The stylish interior is accented with handmade hints of Japan crafted by Shihomi and Ayumi.
They offer a variety of cooking lessons, based on their 10+ years of preparing sushi and Japanese cuisine around the world.
And for you vegans out there — don’t worry! Shihomi and Ayumi also have vegan options available!
I love sushi but have several allergies, so they prepared a fantastic array of fresh ingredients tailored to my needs.
They also prepared a samue, a traditional Japanese uniform, to complete my sushi-making experience.
What’s more, they even went out of their way to prepare a lunch for little Kaiju!
I should mention that Ayumi herself is a mom of one. So, when little Kaiju when into full “monster mode,” the sisters were extremely accommodating (even though I was extremely mortified!).
The instructions were clear, concise and very easy to understand. I had never made temari sushi, or any kind of sushi for that matter. Yet, I quickly got used to the process.
As we adults made sushi, little Kaiju was busy playing with Ayumi’s daughter.
However, any parent will know that a little one seeing you in action inevitably means that they will soon want your attention.
When little Kaiju when into “mama mama” mode, the sisters were perfectly understanding.
Eventually, I was able to finish making my sushi:
At the end of the lesson, we decorated the sushi bites and rounded off our meal with freshly-made miso soup and hot tea.
See more behind-the-scenes photos of our time with Shihomi and Ayumi over on their blog!
I definitely recommend trying a temari sushi class. Think of it as a way to break free of your usual routine and enjoy something new with your child.
Each class can accommodate up to 6 adults, so it’s even a great activity for a group of mama tomo (ママ友, “mommy friends”) Plus, older kids (2+) might be able to roll a few temari sushi of their own with their parents’ help.
Ready To Book A Lesson?
Don’t miss out on a chance to have an unforgettable experience cooking authentic Japanese food in Tokyo. Check out Local Bites for a complete listing of cooking classes. Use my code 8L4R-XL48 to get 5% off your booking (coupon is valid until January 2019).