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Character Lunch Box (Bento) Making

Rated 4.87 out of 5 from 189 reviews.Shinjuku City, JapanPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

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Cooking experience hosted by Noriko

2.5 hours
Japanese
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Make a bento box of edible anime characters

I will help you design your characters, and I'll help you turn those designs into a meal. We'll carve fresh, seasonal ingredients into cartoon faces. It can be challenging, but I'll give you tips to make it fun. When your food art is complete, we'll snap photographs to show off your creations to the world, and then you'll eat them for lunch.

Noriko's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.

What's included

  • Food
    Lunch
  • Drinks
    Japanese tea
  • Equipment
    Recipe
From $116
/ person
Fri, 7 Aug
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
$116 per person
$116 per person
Sat, 8 Aug
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
$116 per person
$116 per person
Sun, 9 Aug
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
$116 per person
$116 per person

Meet your host, Noriko

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 189 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Noriko was inspired to share her culture and cuisine after an incredible experience she had cooking and eating with a local family living in rural New Zealand, where they use a boat regularly to get around. On her return to Japan, she began offering cooking lessons in Tokyo with the sole objective of sharing authentic Japanese food and culture with the world. She specializes not only in traditional cuisine like washoku gozen, seasonal and authentic Japanese dishes but also in showcasing modern trends that Japanese housewives’ use in their everyday cooking.
http://washocook.com/en/
Noriko was inspired to share her culture and cuisine after an incredible experience she had cooking and eating with a local family living in rural New Zealand, where they use a boat regularly to get around. On her return to Japan, she began offering cooking lessons in Tokyo with the sole objective of sharing authentic Japanese food and culture with the world. She specializes not only in traditional cuisine like washoku gozen, seasonal and authentic Japanese dishes but also in showcasing modern t…
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Where you'll be

We'll be in my cooking school and studio, Washo Cook. All of the equipment and supplies we'll need are on hand for us to create incredible dishes together.

Rated 4.87 out of 5 from 189 reviews.

Arun
January 2020
Great experience making very cute bento boxes for lunch. The actual cooking takes about an hour and the rest is eating. We had a great time and highly recommend
Kevin
January 2020
Kuniko was our instructor and was very friendly and knowledgeable. She was great at holding a conversation and was very helpful throughout the cooking process. Would definitely do it again!
Jenny
January 2020
Es war ein schöner Kochkurs für Familien, wir haben uns wohl gefühlt und waren mit dem Ergebnis sehr zufrieden, es sah nicht nur gut aus, sonder schmeckte auch wirklich lecker.
Iris
December 2019
My 2 girls aged 14 and 11 enjoyed the whole process, learning and chatting with the chef and her assistant. Definitely a good family experience.
Wei
September 2019
我和朋友两个人去的。 刚开始做菜环节都很好,教得也比较耐心,和我们一起去的还有两个美国过来的朋友,她们人也非常棒。 从开始到做菜结束,其实只有1个小时出头。 体验时间写了2个半小时,所以剩下的时间就是talking part。 这个部分我和朋友就开始觉得非常不舒服了。 因为那个主讲人就一直对着那两个外国朋友说话,在推荐她觉得日本不错的玩的地方,一眼都没有抬起来看我们。 我最开始还想会不会是她担心我们英文听不明白,但是后来就开始展示手机上的景点图片,这应该有视力的人都可以看。 她依然一直没有看我们,也没有理我们。一直把图片给那两个朋友。 这确实让人很不舒服,我不知道是因为中国人的关系还是什么别的原因。 抛开这种很明显的不公平感不说,我觉得这个聊天环节本身也很无聊。她们也没有预备什么话来聊,就等我们提问。大家中间有好几分钟,都没有话题,就一直沉默,她们也不会主动说话来缓解气氛,也不说体验结束。 真的是尴尬到起飞。我问懂日本文化的朋友,他说可能日本人怕犯错,就不想主动来开启对话。 反正光是做菜的话,是开心的。后面的部分就真的,不太欣赏。
我和朋友两个人去的。 刚开始做菜环节都很好,教得也比较耐心,和我们一起去的还有两个美国过来的朋友,她们人也非常棒。 从开始到做菜结束,其实只有1个小时出头。 体验时间写了2个半小时,所以剩下的时间就是talking part。 这个部分我和朋友就开始觉得非常不舒服了。 因为那个主讲人就一直对着那两个外国朋友说话,在推荐她觉得日本不错的玩的地方,一眼都没有抬…
Noemie
August 2019
This experience was amazing for our family. I thought it would be impossible to make so cute Totoro Bento box but with Noriko’ help and guidance, everyone, including my sons aged 12 and 14, were successful. After making the box, we ate it as well and it was very good (even if heart-breaking). We also received the receipt and will try to do it at home. Thanks Noriko for this wonderful experience.
This experience was amazing for our family. I thought it would be impossible to make so cute Totoro Bento box but with Noriko’ help and guidance, everyone, including my sons aged 1…

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Dietary preferences

If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
Dairy-free
Fish allergy
Soy-free
Gluten-free
Peanut allergy
Vegetarian
Tree nut allergy
Egg-free
Vegan
Shellfish allergy

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 4 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Do not need. If you want to have apron, lunch box, you can buy at the class. Apron 4,000 yen Lunch box 500 yen