Orient – Modern Asian Home Store
If you are based in Wellington, New Zealand, there is a good chance you have already discovered Orient, a super funky homeware store, tucked away in College Street, right next to Caffe L’affare.
Orient stocks a beautiful range of hand-made Japanese ceramics, sourced directly from artists and makers throughout Japan. Check out their full range online, there are plenty of gorgeous “must have” items.
Sharing this light-filled space is Bao Boy, serving Asian street food and great coffee throughout the day. We highly recommend paying Orient a visit.
Sake vs Shochu – Christopher Pellegrini
Christopher Pellegrini is a Shochu and awamori expert living in Tokyo. He leads our Eating Tokyo guests in a Sake vs Shochu tutored tasting, sampling a selection of top-notch sake and Shochu. His knowledge is vast,
and his passion and enthusiasm infectious. This is a great introduction to two of Japan’s national drinks.
Christopher is the author of the first English language book on Shochu and a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails. He is currently working on his PHD in Shochu.
Tokyo Cooking School
Meet Yukari Matsushita, the dynamic talent behind Tokyo Cooking Studio. Based in Tomigaya, a buzzy neighbourhood in Shibuya ku, Yukari runs cooking classes from her beautiful, light-filled studio. Guests are guided through the finer points of Japanese cuisine in a hands-on cooking class, followed by a delicious lunch in the studio kitchen.