Growing more and more popular, cooking classes are run by foreigners in their homes and attract students who are interested in learning and experiencing new cultures.
Tadaku is an example of an online service that matches teachers with people who want to learn about a particular cuisine. “Create”, “Eat” and “Befriend” are the goals of this online service. Tadaku has registered teachers called “hosts” from about 80 countries and regions who can choose between teaching in English or in their native language. These classes give the opportunities to Japanese to experience cuisines that are rarely served across Japan.
The Japan Times shared the story of one of the app’s host, Ispir, from Istanbul. Arrived in Japan in 1996 for a graduate course at Okayama University, Isper later on settled in Tokyo with her husband and decided to become a host due to her passion for hosting and sharing her culture.
Fujimoto who was one of her participants said, “I was nervous because it was my first time to visit the house of a non-Japanese person, but I felt like I was coming to the house of a grandmother I know. It was good to have a firsthand experience with Turkish home cooking and someone from Turkey”.
Now with this new trend that is home-taught cooking, we can hope and expect for new kinds of cultural exchanges.