Bento is the Japanese word for a multiple compartment box used to carry home cooked meals or take-out food. The meal is single portion and usually contains meat with cooked or pickled vegetables. The compartments are divided for different courses. In Tokyo and across Japan you can find bento boxes almost everywhere you travel including markets and convenience stores, rail stations and there are also bento shops. Special care is taken when filling bento boxes both the homemade and commercially prepared meals. Some meals are quite elaborate with vegetables and other foods carved into cute characters or flowers or other designs. Bento boxes are often decorated as anime or video game characters. In another style known as oekakiben boxes are made to look like flowers, plants, animals, people, and even buildings. The bento box had very humble beginnings as a lunch for field workers who needed to bring food with them. Now they can hold all manner of Japanese delicacies.
Easy Bento Box
Assembling a bento box does not require buying expensive delicacies. Make sure to prepare a meal and not just snacks. Include meat, vegetables, fruit and a dessert. If you need to make a vegetarian bento, you can substitute another vegetable for meat. A bento does not need to be fancy or to be filled with expensive delicacies. However, it must contain food that is designed to be eaten several hours after being prepared. It should look neat and have attractive arrangements. The food should also be colorful. Pack foods that will travel well and will stay separate in the box. Use your imagination!
Bento Making Class
If you have not heard of bento you are missing out on the Japanese tradition of delicious food that travels in a box. Designed with compartments for different courses or types of food bento can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. One of the unique activities held at the Makoya Tokyo is a class that teaches you how to make bento boxes. Bento had humble beginnings as a way for field hands to carry their lunch when away from home. Now you can learn all about bento, the history, and the traditions. When you join the Bento Making Class in Tokyo, you will discover what kinds of foods are best for bento and how to choose the freshest ingredients. An experienced instructor will teach you the background of bento and how bento are used today. Enjoy learning about a Japanese food tradition and learn to make a bento box meal. Everyone is welcome to visit the cultural center and immerse themselves in authentic Japanese culture. Make the class on creating bento a part of the experience.
– Visit the cultural center, Maikoya Tokyo to learn about Japanese cooking.
– Cooking classes taught by expert instructors.
– Put on separate kimonos as a cultural experience.
– Discover the different types of Japanese home made bentos.
– Make a creative and inspirational bento in an authentic Japanese kitchen.
We had the most beautiful experience of learning calligraphy and wearing traditional kimonos. The staff are so friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this experience to all visitors to Tokyo.read more
Very smooth organization, wide variety of kimonos to choose from. They help you dress, do your hair and make you look beautiful and take pictures with your cameras. The tea ceremony was beautiful and we got to mix our own tea as we were told about the history and the practice of tea ceremony as well as other interesting Japanese culture tidbits.read more
All the ladies there were lovely. Beautiful kimonos for you to choose from, and everything was just sp graceful ❤. You make your own tea, eat traditional Japanese sweets. Love all the photos and just enjoyed the entire experienceread more
The experience was lovely. The ladies there were all very kind and gave clear instructions that made the whole thing go smoothly. The kimonos to choose from were all beautiful and the tea ceremony was a good balance between instructional and experiential. Definitely a good choice if you want to attend a tea ceremony but don’t yet know the proper etiquette.read more
Best place to learn about their tea culture. You will get choose your own kimono and take many photos in it. It is worth a visit.Do this if you are free and wish to experience like a japanese.read more
Had a great time. The ladies who run the shop are all very friendly. They all spoke English very well so it made it very easy to communicate. Having a kimono put on and having your hair done was fun. The tea ceremony itself was very nice. Your walked though step by step of what goes into a tea ceremony. The matcha tea and sweets are delicious.read more
The three of us has a wonderful experience learning more about this beautiful culture. Our tea master was very knowledgeable and gladly answered any questions we had. It was truly a Once in a Lifetime Opportunity!read more
My wife and I took the course that teaches students to make traditional Japanese sweets and is followed by a tea ceremony. We thought it was a fun way to spend some time during our vacation and were really happy with the experience. It's definitely a fun way to learn about a small piece of Japanese cultural history.read more
We went to participate in the tea ceremony, and it was absolutely perfect! The staff was so kind, spoke very good English and the kimonos were beautiful! I definitely recommend this place. We also took pictures for about 20-30 minutes afterwards, in a little room they have decorated for this purpose, and the staff was very patient with us! 😍read more
Had an absolutely wonderful experience. We experienced the tea ceremony as well as traditional Japanese sweets making. The hosts/tea masters delivered a professional and traditional experience while also staying light hearted and comical enough for touristical enjoyment. Everything is well explained + they are open to all questions. Our host was very conversational and we really felt like she placed our enjoyment as a priority. This is definitely something you can not miss !!!read more
I was the first person ever to take part in a tea ceremony in the Tokyo location. I chose the kimono + tea ceremony option. A once-in-a-lifetime experience!My instructor was so professional and kind. First, she helped me with the choice of kimono and then she put it on me. Another young lady took care of my hair and I totally loved the result.The instructor really explained and demonstrated the respect that the Japanese people show to their guests and the tea. She took her time explaining everything to me and let me ask any kind of questions. After her explanations I was allowed to prepare a tea by myself. The instructor was so sweet and positive that I did not want to leave. She even offered to take pictures of me and with me afterwards :)I would recommend this experience to anyone who wants to get a feel for traditions in Japan and an authentic experience. The price is very reasonable and the location is easy to find.read more
Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya is a leading cultural experience provider in Japan and the only tea ceremony experience that has received TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award for three consecutive years from 2018 to 2020.
Maikoya Tokyo is found in a tranquil tea house near the Meiji Shrine, just a walking distance from Shinjuku, Harajuku. We are only one stop away from Shibuya and Tokyo Station!
Learning about the traditions and practices of the country through our immersive cultural workshops and activities will surely give you a new perspective about the intricacies of the history and society in Japan.
Join us at Maikoya Tokyo as we guide you through Japan's traditional arts and history! Our friendly staff and hosts are fluent in English, Chinese, and Japanese and will make sure you have the best experiences and opportunities.