Eat! Meet! Japan 2021 Award-Winners
prize-gold Gold
1-cover
Vegan Japanese Cooking Class: Plant-Based Ramen and Gyoza
Cooking classic Japanese foods with a healthy and sustainable twist, learn how to make ramen and gyoza out of completely vegan ingredients.
BentoYa Cooking • Kanagawa
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prize-silver Silver
2-cover
Life in the Japanese Countryside: Local Farm-to-Table Meal
Connect with the Japanese countryside and share a freshly harvested home-cooked meal with local farmers.
Iizukatei • Tochigi
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3-cover
Tour Maebashi, Gunma’s Fermentation City, by Scenic Local Railway
Travel by local train in Gunma to visit local businesses that produce two celebrated fermented foods of Japanese cuisine: soy sauce and natto.
Maebashi Tourism Convention Association • Gunma
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4-cover
Connecting with Japan’s Culture through Udon and Calligraphy
Learn about everyday life in Japan through cooking and art during this cozy cultural exchange in Tokyo.
Wakalture Experience • Tokyo
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5-cover
Kawaii and Insta-Worthy Character Bento Class
Learn how to make an ultra-cute and super tasty bento from anywhere in the world.
WASHOCOOK Co., Ltd. • Online
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6-cover
A Day in the Life of a Jomon Era Hunter-Gatherer in Niigata
Travel over 2000 years into the past, and experience life in Japan as it was during the Jomon period.
Tokamachi City • Niigata
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7-cover
Traditional Ayu Fishing with Fire on the Maze River
See how this fantastical fire fishing produces fragrant sweetfish from the clear waters of the Maze River.
Maze General Tourism Co., Ltd. • Gifu
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8-cover
Decorative Pressed Sushi Class Along the Historical Nakasendo Trail
Learn how to make tasty and beautifully-designed pressed sushi in the historical town of Mitake in Gifu prefecture.
Mitake Hanazushi Association • Gifu
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9-cover
Workshop and Sampling the Bonito Flakes of Mie Prefecture
Considered one of the “Foods of the Gods,” see what goes into making the best bonito flakes (katsuobushi) in Mie prefecture.
Maruten Co., Ltd. • Mie
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10-cover
Bounty of the Sea: Culinary Culture of Ine, From Seafood to Sake
Beyond their iconic funaya boathouses, the coastal town of Ine in Kyoto has much to offer in terms of local cuisine and sake.
BOJ Co., Ltd. • Kyoto
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11-cover
Fermentation Cooking and 3-Day Traditional House Stay in Nara
Learn about the culture of fermented food in Nara and create excellent meals with a local fermentation expert during this 3-day homestay.
Village to Table • Nara
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prize-bronze Bronze
12-cover
Sustainable Soy: Zero-Waste Cooking Class in Kamakura
Learn how to use every part of the soybean to create all the components for a tasty and sustainable parfait. Good for you and the environment!
Kamakura BENTO COOKING • Kanagawa
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prize-jury Jury Award
13-cover
From “Ugly” to Upcycled: Reducing Hokkaido's Food Waste Through Creative Cooking
Indulge in a buffet that helps prevent food loss by using vegetables and other produce that would normally be discarded for their unconventional appearance.
Tenza Hotel & Sky Spa • Hokkaido
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14-cover
Sake Tasting in Kyoto With Your Own Handmade Wooden Cup
Make a sake cup out of local wood with the help of a master craftsman, and use it to sample sake at a local brewery while learning about this traditional Japanese alcohol.
MATA TABI • Kyoto
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