Cooking class with Nariko was absolutely amazing and exceeded my expectations in every way! She met us at the station and showed us to her home. It was such a special experience to cook together in a Japanese home. She had everything ready to go so that when we arrived we were able to get straight to cooking! She shared valuable and interesting information about the ingredients like where she purchased them, why she prefers certain brands or styles, and what their purpose is in the flavor of the dish. She explained her methods, demonstrated, and then assigned each of us to a specific task. I think my favorite part was making the gyoza skin. We each had a portion of dough to knead to perfection, and once the filling was ready, I loved creating the dumplings. She often came around the table and corrected us gently so we could learn the traditional methods and make the best possible product. The food was absolutely incredible! It was definitely a process making everything from scratch, but now that I have the recipe, I can actually imagine making this to impress family and friends! After the class, she offered to bring us to the grocery store to show us where to buy all the products we used that day, which I thought was so above and beyond of her. She even pointed out a few of her favorite unrelated items to buy that I never knew about. I really had the most amazing time at Nariko's cooking class and learned so much! I can't recommend this experience enough! I can't wait to come back again soon.