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Why do you cook plant-based food?
I grew up in Kagoshima in the south of Japan, and did not know much about vegan food and other alternatives. However, while living in Dubai with my husband I learned more about vegetarian, vegan and halal foods. It surprised me how natural the diversity of options was as in Japan I had not experienced this.
After returning to Japan I decided to join Bentoya because of their interesting vegan washoku. I was impressed by how delicious the food was and what you can do without animal products!
Message for those interested in Bentoya's cooking classes
Bentoya is a place where you can learn about Japanese culture through cooking and I am happy to to pass along my knowledge - especially how to make traditional Japanese sweets - wagashi!
Favourite type of dishes to make
I like making fun and colourful bentos for my children, as well as different types of sweets. Since many traditional sweets are made with animal products I am experimenting with making my own animal-free wagashi.