Noriko Tominaga was born in Tokyo in 1969. She studied pharmacy at Kitazato University and graduated in 1991. After graduation, she worked as a marketing manager in various cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies such as Kracie, L’Oreal Japan, Nippon Boehringer Ingelheim.
She was inspired to share Japanese culture and cuisine after an incredible experience she had cooking and eating with a local family living in rural New Zealand, where they use a boat regularly to get around. On her return to Japan, she wanted to offer cooking lessons in Tokyo with the sole objective of sharing authentic Japanese food and culture with the world. For this purpose, she founded her company and she held her first Japanese home-style cooking class for foreigners at the International Lounge in Sagamihara city in February 2014.
She specializes not only in traditional cuisine like washoku gozen, seasonal and authentic Japanese dishes but also in showcasing modern trends that Japanese housewives use in their everyday cooking. Her specialty is ‘kyara-ben’, a character bento box in which she arranges food in elaborate styles to look like popular characters, people, and animals. Her recipes are all about balance in flavor, nutrients, and colors so your Japanese bento/gozen will be a treat for your eyes and taste buds. Noriko speaks impeccable English and is happy to share stories about food and culture in Japan over lunch.
- Studied cooking at “KUSHI Macrobiotic Academy” and “International Food and Culture Association”, and obtained the license for a trainer of food education
- Featured in many Japanese TV channels, newspapers, and magazines
- Founder of Cooking Class Association for Foreigners in Japan
Her class is located in Yotsuya walking distance from JR Yotsuya station.