Make friends at Japanese cultural classes in Nagoya

ByMark Guthrie
Aug 22, 2016

Make friends at Japanese cultural classes in Nagoya

IkebanaBeing relocated to a new country can be an amazing experience, though one not without its difficulties. One of the greatest of problems, particularly for the spouses or partners of those being relocated, is making friends in a new place where perhaps we do not know the language.

One great way of dealing with this is to join classes. In and around Nagoya there are plenty of classes at which you can meet new people. The below are just a few that focus particularly on enjoying Japanese culture.


Ozeki Cooking School

With a different experience for each of the four seasons, cooking with Chef Shuji can take you into bamboo forests, through over rice paddies, and even amongst the ukai cormorant fishers of the Nagara river. From there it’s back to the 100 year-old Yamakyu Restaurant, where all the culinary delight takes place. Master Chef Shuji has 30 years of professional experience and there are a variety of workshops and cultural experiences in which you can participate, including picking the organic vegetables or catching the ayu sweet fish that you will be cooking.

Aki Home Visit Japan

Aki lives in the suburbs of Nagoya and she welcomes you into her home for an introduction and instruction of both Japanese cooking and the culture of the Japanese household. She thanks her Japanese chef husband – whom she met while studying in L.A. – for her cooking ability, and also her mother-in-law, which to me spells ‘harmonious household’. She has various recipes, and two courses: a traditional Japanese tempura meal or Kawaii (decorative) sushi rolls and each include tea ceremony. Classes can be held in Japanese, English or Spanish.

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  • Average price: 4,000 JPY
  • Address: Kachigawa Station 5 Chome Kachigawachō, Kasugai-shi

Ikebana Flower Arranging

Kayoko’s Ikebana

Kayoko teaches the basic Moribana style of flower arranging from her home close to downtown Nagoya. She speaks fluent English and can also tell you about the history of Ikebana and how it relates to the seasons while she demonstrates her gifts. After it is all finished she will serve Japanese tea and sweets.

Ikebana Communications

Meeting every second and fourth Saturday, Ikebana Communications is a flower arranging class that focuses particularly on meeting and making friends.

  • Contact: Mimi 090-4867-4264, Ms. Wakita 052-581-6071 or Miki 090-7954-2892
  • Price: 1,400 JPY per class
  • Address: Near Nagoya International Center


Judging by the fact that Ms. Suzuki charges only for the cost of materials used, the lessons at Hana-no-ki-kai (literally an an opportunity with flowers) are genuinely about sharing the information about this elegant art form, as well as meeting those who share an interest. They meet on the fith Sunday of every month.

  • Contact: Reservations to Ms. Suzuki at 0562-93-0310 or Fax to 0562-93-5214.
  • Price: Cost of Materials
  • Address: Near Kanayama Station


Let’s Enjoy Japanese Kimono

Have you ever wanted to try on the elegant Japanese traditional clothing of Kimono? Perhaps you have one of your own but haven’t a clue how to put it on. Akemi Yoshida invites non-Japanese women to join her in enjoy trying on a variety of different kimonos while learning about Japanese culture every second saturday from 13:00 to 15:00.

  • Contact: 052-681-9414
  • Price: 500 JPY
  • Address: Atsuta Shogai Gakushu Center


Noriko’s Events

Noriko’s Events are exclusively for the non-Japanese to enjoy and learn about the Japanese culture and traditional crafts such as hand sewing Yukatas, Kimekomi, Calligraphy, Ikebana and Tea Ceremony. Noriko also guides participants on fun and educational trips on occasion.

Cross-Cultural Exchange Association (CCEA)

The Cross-Cultural Exchange Association, or the “CCEA,”is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural exchange, international understanding and friendships among women of all nationalities living in the Nagoya Area. Social activities, general meetings and special interest groups are some ways in which members develop friendships, discover the local community, and learn about the rich cultural heritage of Japan and other countries.


Mark Guthrie and Ray Proper

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Novelist, copywriter and graduate from the most prestigious university in Sunderland, Mark whiles away his precious time on this Earth by writing about popular culture, travel, food and pretty much anything else that is likely to win him the Pulitzer he desperately craves. Find some more of his musings at and on instagram @markguthriewrites