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.

Instagram: @orient.decor @baoboybun

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.

Instagram: @christopherpellegrini

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.

Instagram: @tokyocookingstudio