I. Our Mission
We know Japan is neither the nearest nor the cheapest country to visit for many of our international friends, and that is why you should have a very special experience that you’ll never forget. We aspire to deliver the most memorable and enjoyable time for our guests, especially those who love food want to learn more about Japan’s food culture.
II. Our Value Proposition
We know that your time in Japan is limited and you have many things to do and see. However, if you are interested in creating a personal connection with Japanese locals through cooking and enjoying food together, this is a great option for you!
1. We are very hands-on
We pride ourselves on being a very hands-on cooking school. You will be making 4 – 5 dishes during our half-day intensive lesson, keeping you busy, learning, and interacting with our staff of locals.
2. Japanese food is extensive
As you may know, Japan is home to millions of delicious, beautiful, and healthy foods. Sushi is one well-known example, but as an international traveler, it is sometimes hard to discover the wide breadth of dishes beyond sushi. We are very proud of our heritage and eager to show you what Japanese cuisine has to offer.
3. It’s private
We keep the number of participants to 8 people so you can interact fully with our staff.
4. It’s Kyoto
Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years; and during that period, many cooking techniques were perfected and new dishes were invented. The food history and tradition of that period still resides in this city.
5. Intercultural Interaction
We know communication is often the problem for international travelers and that can prevent them from fully enjoying their trip to Japan. Our staff is fluent in English and knowledgeable about food and Kyoto, so please be assured that you will have a wonderful interaction with our local Japanese staff.
III. Our story
One day in 2012, Shohei saw a foreign tourist walking towards Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (it’s just one tall building for local people, well, at least for Shohei), he was shocked to realize that the building was one of the international tourist destinations. He felt that there must be better ways for international tourists to experience Japan.
Shohei has lived in Australia and Singapore and has traveled to the U.S., U.K., and several countries in South America, the Middle East, and Asia. Through these experiences, he was assured that the best quality food could be found in his home country, Japan.
From these experiences, he came up with the idea of Cooking Sun, a Japanese cooking school for international travelers.
In 2013, when Shohei was in INSEAD, he met Vikram Aggarwal, the CEO of EAT2EAT, who persuaded him to take a class in his cooking school in Thailand. Afterwards, Shohei flew to Bangkok, and experienced another class by himself. The lesson was so enjoyable that Shohei felt positive that this business would be viable in Japan.
A few months later, he found a business competition in Japan, which was organized by Nagase Co., an education company in Japan that promotes an entrepreneurial mind in young Japanese.
Fortunately, Shohei’s idea was accepted. On December 25th, 2013, Cooking Sun was born in Kyoto, Japan.