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Patrick

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Patrick

Since we started this Japanese cooking class in April 2014, we were fortunate to have more than 1,000 customers to date. I am in the cooking studio about 95% of the time, so I meet and greet almost every guest. I won’t lie and say I remember every single person, but there are so many that […]

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Who likes cooking classes?

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Cooking Sun Feb 7, 2015

Our customers have often been to cooking classes in different countries. Participating in a cooking class when you travel has been becoming a trend in some countries because it is a more immersive activity than shopping and staying in luxury hotels. At Cooking Sun, most of our guests are from North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, but occasionally from […]

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My Favorite Places in Kyoto

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I have never lived in Kyoto before Cooking Sun. In fact, I’ve only visited Kyoto once before, and that was when I came to do field research to prepare my business plan presentation. One year after I moved to Kyoto with my family, I’m so happy to live in this cultural city and every weekend I find new part […]

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Growing Through Word-of-Mouth

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Everyone knows a referral by word of mouth is so important for every business, and no surprise, it also applies to a small business like Cooking Sun. Today we had guests from Australia, but they did not just happen upon us online. I (Shohei) used to play Australian Football in both Australia and Japan, and I […]

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Best restaurants in Kyoto

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One local ramen brings a lot of happiness

  We often see the phrase, “best places to eat” in travel media. We like rankings. An as a tourist, they work as a kind of assurance to avoid unpleasant experiences during your precious, limited time. We understand this. Here at Cooking Sun, we are constantly asked what we think are the “best” restaurants in Japan. However, when […]

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Cooking, but not just cooking

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I came up with this idea of Japanese cooking classes for international travelers in 2012 when I was preparing to leave for INSEAD in Singapore for my MBA. Wandering around the city of Tokyo, I often saw foreign travelers going out of their way to see places that locals would never really go. And even more sad was that those […]